Does this only happen when it’s frigid out, or does it just seem like that?

Does this only happen when it’s frigid out, or does it just seem like that?

At 6:30 Thursday morning, Jan. 24, Public Works Director Bob Elston got a call about a possible water line break on Walnut Street by the fire station. A cold morning of repair work started for the city’s water and waste water departments and the guys from Heiderscheidt Digging.

Elston said he didn’t really think the cold weather caused the break. “The frost goes down about three feet and the broken pipe was six to seven feet down,” he said. Whether the pipe broke because of the cold, or was just ready to crack, the work to find and repair it was done in very cold conditions. “I think it was 20 below windchill,” said Elston. “I sure appreciate them working in those conditions.”

During the repair, water was turned off on one block of First Avenue, from Main Street to Walnut Street, and one block of Walnut Street. With a successful repair completed, the water was back on at 11:45 a.m.

The broken pipe was a 4-inch service line to the fire station. It was repaired with a rubber-lined stainless steel repair sleeve.