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WINNIPEG SUFFERING DEEP FREEZE, MB
The City of Winnipeg, Manitoba is struggling to get through the extreme temperatures which have caused 537 properties to suffer frozen pipes and be left without water. The City has opened their twelve indoor pool facilities so that affected residents will have access to showers. While some may find this uncomfortable, others are glad for the opportunity to keep clean.
According to the City's press release, this winter is the second coldest in the last 75 years, with more water main breaks this winter than has been seen in 35 years. Frost has penetrated 2.1 metres, or over 7 feet, into the ground and is not expected to fully thaw until May or June. Until this time, the City says they will be at risk of further pipe freezes and loss of access to water.
As a temporary measure, and pending permissions from neighbours, those who have lost water access due to frozen pipes may be eligible to have a water line attached to a neighbouring house. Thus far, 67 houses have been connected to their neighbour to allow for temporary water access.
Winnipeg residents seeking support can go to the City's website at www.winnipeg.ca or call 3-1-1.