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Area cities without municipal water not immune to freezing

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Area cities without municipal water systems are not immune to this winter’s severe freezing problems.

Until late last week, Breezy Point had no issues with its municipal sewer system. On Thursday, March 6, the city received a call of backed up pipes on Airport Road. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the sewer system had frozen under the street. Wastewater supervisor John Monnier said it took 10 hours to get the sewer operational again.

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Assistant wastewater operator Joe Zierden said two homeowners contacted the city about frozen service lines. Service lines, which connect homes to the municipal sewer system, are oftentimes shallower and receive intermittent flow, Zierden said. This leads to more freezing issues.

“Those have been minimal, considering the conditions,” Zierden said.

Although the city will assist homeowners in locating their lines, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to cover the cost of having the line thawed.

Crosslake public works director Ted Strand reported two homeowners with frozen service lines, and on Thursday, March 6, the sewer at the Crosslake Community Center froze and needed to be steamed.

Strand said he observed frost depths between seven and eight feet in the sewer manholes, something he hasn’t seen in years.

“It will only get worse as the frost deepens this spring,” Strand said.

Chelsey Perkins can be reached at chelsey.perkins@forumcomm.com. Follow her at facebook.com/PEJChelsey and on Twitter @PEJ_Chelsey.

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Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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