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Slight decline in number of property-owners waiting for city pipe-thawing services

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The number of properties waiting for pipes to be thawed declined for the fourth day in a row. But a city official said those properties could remain without full water service until late June.

There are 1,345 properties on the waiting list, down two from Thursday.

There were 1,372 on the list on Monday.

Randy Hull, the city’s emergency preparedness coordinator, said it would take a lengthy heat wave of five to six weeks to lift the frost that’s buried itself eight feet underground and for water lines to thaw on their own.

"It’s all relative to when the thaw begins to travel down to the frost," Hull said. "Warmer temperatures are needed to start this process.

"The later the process starts, the longer the frost lingers."

Mother Nature doesn’t appear willing to lend a hand. The forecast calls for overnight temperatures to fall below freezing until April 20, and possibly down to minus-double digits from Sunday night to Tuesday night.

In its daily update, city hall said an additional nine properties reported frozen water lines between Thursday and Friday, bringing the total since November to 2,451.

City crews were able to restore full water service to an additional 11 properties between Thursday and today; and, provided a temporary hose connection to another 15 properties.

As a result of the city’s efforts, the number of properties without either full or temporary water service has been reduced to 479.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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