As Chicagoist first reported, one Chicagoan is fearing her car parked on the street may be frozen in its icy tomb until spring thaw after a water main (from the city’s notoriously crumbling sewer system) broke early last week, flooding the North Side street.

“[The street] where the water main broke is a true disaster,” Whitney Becke, 29, told The Huffington Post via email. “Vehicle undercarriages scrape as they drive down the frozen two-track. There are other cars on the street that are also encased in ice.”

Becke, a regular public transit commuter who lives a street over from where she parked the car, said she had no idea of the water main break until it was too late.

The effects of subzero winter weather look eerily beautiful on Midwestern lighthouses and on the Chicago lakefront. When they seize your car into an immoveable ice chunk? Not so much.

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