Frozen water pipes keep suburbs busy

  • Article by: Jim Adams , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 17, 2014 - 1:51 AM

Utility workers in the Twin Cities are putting in a lot of cold hours fixing water lines frozen or cracked by the frigid weather that has gripped the area since early December.

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swmnguyFeb. 15, 14 6:01 PM

There's been water coming out from under Park Avenue in the 4400 block for a few weeks now. A brother of mine up in New York Mills had his main water line break last week; he was just able to move his family back into their house today.

It's been a tough winter, and the ground frost is about 6' deep now at the Otsego station. Up in Ottertail County, it's almost 8' deep.

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donm251Feb. 15, 14 7:38 PM

"Minneapolis hasn't experienced frozen municipal water pipes......" They probably won't. However, most of the pipes are 100+ years old, just waiting to burst. MInneapolis should be more concerned about the millions or more dollars it's going to need to spend to update it's own water supply infrastructure.

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davehougFeb. 15, 14 8:28 PM

Time to improve the standard so water pipes are buried deeper. No snow on roads + cold catch basins + standards too shallow = $$$ every coupla decades.

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markc1Feb. 15, 14 8:50 PM

Should be less pesky bugs around here this summer I hope.

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bluebird227Feb. 17, 14 7:04 PM

How long before we get to complain about the humidity? I'm ready for a change.

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