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Manitoba's frozen pipes

Manitoba's frozen pipe problems could continue through June

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 11:30 AM -

Frigid temperatures in Manitoba this winter are taking a serious toll on water services.

There are currently thousands of homes without water because of the frozen pipes.

"So far, we have notified 1,725 properties at risk with phone calls and follow up notices," said the City of Winnipeg's Randy Hull at a press conference on Friday. That number has since jumped to about 4,000. "We have notified the properties that are at risk to begin to run their cold water tap with the trickle about the size of a pencil and they will be notified later when to cease this operation."

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About 1,000 firefighters have been working around the clock to help deliver water to those in need and to check on about 500 homes.

Hull says the problem with frozen pipes is so bad it could continue through April, May and possibly even June.

With files from The Canadian Press

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