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Properties with frozen pipes in limbo till ground thaws

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THE number of properties needing pipes to be thawed declined for the fourth day in a row Friday.

But a city official said those properties could remain without full water service until late June.

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

There were 1,372 on the list Monday.

Randy Hull, the city's emergency preparedness co-ordinator, said it would take a heat wave of five to six weeks to lift the frost that's reached 2.5 metresunderground and for water pipes 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 waterlines 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 Friday and provided a 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.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 12, 2014 B2

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