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Third resource centre opens for residents with frozen pipes

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Winnipeg's emergency preparedness co-ordinator, Randy Hull, at the city's first resource centre at the Cindy Klassen Rec Centre, said providing help to as many citizens affected by frozen waterlines as possible is a city priority.

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Winnipeg's emergency preparedness co-ordinator, Randy Hull, at the city's first resource centre at the Cindy Klassen Rec Centre, said providing help to as many citizens affected by frozen waterlines as possible is a city priority. Photo Store

City officials opened a third resource centre this afternoon for individuals without water because of frozen water lines.

And, an update on the city-wide emergency shows a steep decline in the number of additional properties reporting frozen pipes over the past 24 hours.

The city set-up a frozen pipe citizen resource centre at Elmwood-Kildonans Pool, 909 Concordia Ave.

Similar to the operations set up earlier this week at the Cindy Klassen Recreation complex and the Fort Rouge Leisure Centre, the citizen resource centre offers residents personal hygiene kits, access to showers, potable water re-fill stations, and 311 assistance on getting temporary hose connection.

"Every citizen whose water service has been interrupted matters and they deserve all the support we can offer right now," said Randy Hull, the city’s emergency preparedness coordinator.

The city also released its latest numbers, with 36 additional properties reporting frozen pipes since Wednesday – the lowest one-day increase since the city began releasing the daily updates.

There have been 2,088 properties since November reporting frozen pipes.

Full service was restored to another 11 properties between Wednesday and today, bringing the total to 763.

The number of properties waiting for thawing climbed by 25 over the past 24 hours, to a total of 1,325.

The city was able to provide temporary water service, with a hose connection to a neighbour, to another 32 properties, for a total of 556.

With the temperature expected to dip over the weekend, the city is advising the 500-plus people with temporary hose connections to insulate their exterior taps.

Old towels should be wrapped around the taps of the property providing the water and the property receiving the water, city officials said.

If the hose lines freeze, turn off the supplier’s tap and contact 311.

If the outside tap is frozen, the city suggests pouring hot water or wrapping hot wet towels around the tap.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 2:58 PM CDT: Adds information for residents with hose lines.

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