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Steaming road gives locals the chills

THERE was alarm among the residents of a community in the Pudong New Area on Wednesday when the temperature of the road surface outside their homes soared to 45 degrees Celsius.

According to a report on news website, the searing tarmac, near one of the entrances to the Xiangshan No. 5 residential complex on Lingshan Road, was caused by an underground electricity leak.

Despite assertions from the local branch of the Shanghai Electricity Co that the problem was never a threat to people’s safety, it was more than enough to frighten residents and passersby.

“People started to get scared when they saw steam rising from the road surface after it rained,” Chen Huiying, secretary of the neighborhood committee, told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

“It was only about 10 degrees outside, but the road was much hotter. We’ve never had anything like that happen before,” he said.

Despite people’s concerns, the problem was quickly identified and engineers from the power company were sent to resolve it.

Within hours of a new ground wire being installed the temperature at the road surface had fallen considerably and should be back to normal within a day or two, the power company said.

Also, meter readings taken below ground showed the leak had dissipated, it said.

“The electric company and the environmental protection authority said they would send inspection teams to assess the situation again in a few days time,” Chen said.

“Hopefully that will be an end to it and local people will feel safe once again,” he said.



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