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Pipes are still freezing

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) –  Communities and households that have been dealing with frozen pipes since December might still have to still keep their water running.

Rochester Plumbing & Heating is still getting calls about frozen water lines.

“Two frozen lines that we did, sewer lines last week,” said Scott Wiederhoeft, General Manager of Rochester Plumbing & Heating .

But it’s not over yet. “It’s always been something that we’ve been able to deal with, but this is the first we actually brought in extra help,” said Wiederhoeft.

In mid-April Rochester Plumbing & Heating received a few calls that pipes were still freezing.

Back in February communities across our area pleaded with residents asking them to run their water at pencil width until the cold weather threat was over, and they cautioned it may be until May, and here we are.

“Some people have called and asked and have said they still have theirs running," said Wiederhoeft. "I said as soon as DOT takes the road restrictions off and says the frost is gone then we should be good."

This is continuing to add to an already unprecedented situation for plumbers battling the freeze.

"Two to three guys continually, that's all they did was frozen lines," said Wiederhoeft.  "We brought in extra help just to do frozen lines that weren't normally in our service department."

With some areas still having frost in the ground, this problem may not fully be done until the next couple of weeks.

The snow on Tuesday didn’t cause any issues since roads were too warm for the snow to accumulate but what did fall stuck for awhile on the grassy surfaces but melted shortly after. Being so close to the one year anniversary of May 2nd though, it brought back some unpleasant memories for many.

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