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Number of homes with frozen pipes still rising

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The number of Winnipeggers with frozen pipes keeps inching up.

Saturday afternoon, the city said it has now had 2,259 reports of frozen pipes since November. That’s up 11 from Friday.

But, more properties continue to get help from the city’s thawing machines. More than 1,340 people were still waiting for their pipes to thaw Saturday, 10 fewer than Friday.

Still, 627 people had no water at all, down for the 11th straight day as the city tries to install temporary water hoses from neighbouring homes.

In addition to water-main breaks and dramatic potholes, Winnipeg’s relentless winter has caused hundreds of water supply lines to freeze, especially in neighbourhoods such as River Heights, where the frost has penetrated deeper than it ever has.

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