Neighbors help fellow neighbors dig cars out of ice in Wilkinsburg

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WILKINSBURG, Pa. - Wilkinsburg residents continue to work to remove their vehicles from ice after a water main break Tuesday.

The break, coupled with frigid temperatures, left the vehicles on Woodlawn Avenue stuck in inches of ice.

“I had some things to do, but I couldn’t do anything,” said Tiffany Taylor, whose car was stuck in the ice.

Water authority employees and other neighbors are helping dig stranded vehicles out of the ice.

“I got this red car out. It’s my sister’s. Then I got the neighbor’s car out, that Impala. Now, we’re working on this one,” neighbor Sydney Bates said. “I’ve been on this street since I was young, playing basketball and all that, and (neighbors) always helped me out. So I was like, ‘Why not help out?’”

Not just cars got stuck.  Channel 11 found an abandoned motorized wheelchair on the sidewalk.

Several people told Channel 11’s Vince Sims how hard it is trying to free the vehicles.

“It’s difficult. It’s a hard job. I’ve been having pain in my back, but I just have to fight through it and help out,” Bates said.

Neighbors like Becky Wenzel who are on the receiving end of the help are very grateful.

“It’s wonderful. I couldn’t do it by myself. I couldn’t get this out by myself,” Wenzel said.

The borough said it's done what it can with salting, and it's ultimately the Wilkinsburg Penn Point Water Authority's responsibility.