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At least 30 homes still with frozen pipes as summer starts

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On the first official day of summer, there are still at least 30 homes in Winnipeg with frozen pipes and no water supply.

The city of Winnipeg’s website, last updated on Friday, notes there are 68 properties still in need of thawing services for their pipes.

An additional 30 properties have frozen pipes and no water supply, though 90 per cent of these buildings are vacant.

The city received almost 2,600 reports of frozen water pipes in Winnipeg since November and water has been restored to about 2,500 of the complainants.

About 1,000 properties received city-installed temporary hose lines since November and about 38 properties still have the temporary hoses in place.

Just over 7,300 homes are still identified as "at an increased risk of interruption in water services because of the possibility of frozen pipes," on the city’s website, meaning many homeowners are leaving their taps running as a precaution.

The city spent about $3.5 million dealing with frozen water pipe repairs this winter and spring. Finance chairman Russ Wyatt said the city formally applied to the province for disaster relief-related financial assistance earlier this week.

The city hopes to recuperate half the costs spent on repairing frozen pipes, Wyatt said. The government must first recognize the city’s financial request as fitting the appropriate criteria for disaster relief.

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