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Cold weather is increasing the number of water main breaks in Sioux City


SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV)- Sioux City crews have been out battling the cold weather, thanks to an increasing number of water main breaks.

When frost penetrates the ground, it shifts the soils, causing damage to main water lines and service lines. It's a battle fought every winter, but this one has been a little worse. Public Works officials say they've seen 10 breaks this week alone.

"That's very high, not to mention that we are working in temperatures below zero earlier in the week," said Jade Dundas, director of the Public Works Department. "Crews are out there working long hours in really hazardous environments. Having crews that close to traffic, in and of itself, is a hazard and having cold weather and the ice associated with that is certainly additional challenges."

The Public Works Department is asking citizens to be patient. They say having to deal with all the breaks, along with the service repair requirements, it can sometimes take awhile. If you're noticing water coming out of the ground, Public Works asks that you call the emergency break line at 279-6150.

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