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Cold temps freeze Lanesboro water pipes

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LANESBORO, Minn. (KTTC) -- As of Friday afternoon 20 Lanesboro homes and one Bed and Breakfast were without water due to frozen pipes.

City officials are doing their best to bypass the system. However, they say they're getting an average of one call per hour about the problem. 

"We woke up Monday morning and turned on the faucet and we didn't have any (water)," said Glenn Nyenhuis. 

He has lived in his Lanesboro home for eight years and says he's never had problems with pipes freezing until this week.

"There wasn't any water coming into the meter, so they knew it was froze up somewhere between here and the main out on the street," he said. 

Pipes are buried six feet underground, but with a deep freeze and no snow to help insulate, city administrators are trying to help dozens dealing with faucets that no longer work. 

"We're out purchasing hoses currently," said David Todd, the Lanesboro City Administrator. "And we're running a hose from a house that is not affected to a house that is affected."

But even that isn't flawless. Glenn said although he had water running in the house, the hose froze up anyway. Officials say if you do have water, keep it running.

"In order to keep the water lines from freezing, we need to have those lines charged," Todd said.  "And the only way to keep those lines charged is to keep the lines on in the house at a slow drip or a trickle."

The good news is it won't be costing residents much to keep the water running, if anything at all.

"What we'll do is conduct an average and deduct that from their current utility bill so they're not paying an exorbitant amount for water usage," Todd said.

Todd said with no sign of the weather letting up, he expects to see this problem continue. 

If you don't have a neighbor close enough to run a garden hose, there's always Nyenhuis' idea.

"It would have been a possibility to go out in the backyard and dig a hole and put a building over it. That's the way I grew up, and that's no fun," he said. 
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