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Update 2014/03/11


The Winter of 2014 will be one for the books in Newfoundland Labrador, with months and months of deep freeze and storm after strom battering the the island. Now, as the weather finally lets up, a new problem is emerging in many a community on the island: frozen pipes. While the issue has made headlines in Winnipeg where hundreds of residents have been without water for days even weeks, frozen pipes are also becoming a problem in Newfoundland.

In Deer Lake, a town of some 5,000 people on the West coast of the island, there are currently 25 frozen pipes. "I've been here for six years and have never seen anything like it and the problem is widespread across the province, "says David Thomas the town's public works supertintendent.

"In fact, we have no equipment to deal with this situation as it has not occurred in years and years. All we can do is provide insulated garden hoses to afflicted residents, which we attach to a neighbouring building to form a temporary water line," he says.

According to Thomas, as the weather warms, it could make the problem a little worse for a while as the thaw pushes the frost deeper. The pipes are usually laid at between two and six feet deep, but "we will lay any new line deeper from here on in."

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