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Cold Winter Freezes More Pipes

March 19, 2014, 6:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Cold Winter Freezes More Pipes
ABERDEEN, SD -

The coming spring will be appreciated by many, especially those dealing with frozen pipes.

The cold winter has caused more lines underground to freeze, Aberdeen Public Works Director Robin Bobzien says.

A garden hose runs from a neighboring business to service a building in southwest Aberdeen. Tenants are thankful considering what they faced last week.

"No toilets, no water for the fish tank, nothing to drink, everything was out," Millie Suchomel said.

Pipes underground froze. Suchomel helps one of the building's tenants and says she hauled water from home until the temporary garden hose fix. KELO-TV also rents space in the building.

Bobzien says those with frozen pipes aren’t alone. In an average year, he says, few people run into problems with lines running from city water mains to homes or businesses freezing.

"This is not a normal year. It's been a lot colder and consequently we've just seen an awful lot more of that type of activity going on and it's causing a lot of grief for a lot of folks," Bobzien said.

Bobzien says Aberdeen hasn't faced problems with a city water main freezing and he's thankful because he knows some towns have. He also knows property owners in other communities have faced the same problem as some in Aberdeen.

"We hope that the worst is behind us and people will get back to some sort of normal situations in their properties real soon," Bobzien said.

Suchomel says she and others continuously running water to keep from losing their temporary fix.

"And if our hose freezes up, we're in trouble," Suchomel said.

Bobzien says the city has dealt with ice build-up on manholes and expects water main breaks as the ground shifts this spring. But those are routine issues, he says. The frozen pipes this year have been unique.

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