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Pipes still frozen

THERE were still at least 30 homes in Winnipeg with frozen pipes and no water supply over the weekend.

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

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

The city has received nearly 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 have received city-installed temporary hose lines since November and about 38 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 past winter and spring. Finance chairman Russ Wyatt said the city formally applied to the province for disaster relief-related financial assistance last 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.

 

Alleged shoplifter chased

A 25-year-old alleged shoplifter was arrested Friday afternoon following a foot chase in Osborne Village.

At around 2 p.m., police were called to a store in the 400 block of River Avenue, where a shoplifter allegedly assaulted a 65-year-old security officer.

The suspect escaped the store and ran towards the Osborne Street Bridge. Once there, he allegedly assaulted two more men, aged 23 and 53. The men suffered minor injuries.

The suspect then ran into traffic, forcing vehicles to stop, the Winnipeg Police Service said. He allegedly damaged a van, continued running to the west side of the bridge and then jumped down onto the north bank of the Assiniboine River.

A member of the WPS forensics unit saw what happened on the bridge and chased the suspect along the river. The officer used pepper spray on the suspect when he refused to co-operate, police said. When other officers arrived on the scene, the suspect allegedly produced a weapon and aimed it at the officers.

The suspect eventually agreed to drop the weapon and was arrested.

Alexander Allan Albert Sanderson has been charged with a variety of offences and was detained at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.

 

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 23, 2014 A5

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