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Frigid Temperatures Cause Fargo Water Main Break

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Members of the Fargo Public Works Department have been out since 7 a.m. January 6, fixing a water main break caused by the same cold that's been biting them all day.

"At about midnight last night we got a phone call of a water main break on 4th Avenue between 4th Street and 5th Street North," says Fargo Public Works Services Manager Mark Williams.

Frigid temperatures and shifting soil caused a 6-inch, cast-iron pipe to crack, sending water up and onto the streets. Public works turned the water down and have been working ever since. So businesses on 4th Avenue between 4th and 5th Street have had to make due- like a chilly walk to a restroom.

"We're only a block away from City Hall, so it's not a huge walk for the employees, but it is somewhat of an inconvenience to have to walk in the cold," says City of Fargo Assessor Ben Hushka.

That continues while crews work to locate the break and then shut off the water to fix it.

"We'll start breaking out the concrete, chiseling through the frost to expose the pipe to repair the pipe," says Williams.

Public works anticipates once water is shut off, businesses will be without for two to four hours. The area will be temporarily fixed until we thaw in spring and for now, crews will turn their attention to the new ice rink.

"Once this is repaired, we'll go down there with road graders and cut all the ice off the road and we'll make sure there's adequate sand and salt on there," says Williams.

As for the impacted businesses, they've got things in perspective.

"We're just glad that we're the city employees inside and not the fellas outside working on the water main break," says Hushka.

After the water main is repaired, the area will be back-filled. Public works officials say when it warms up in the next few days, they'll be able to temporarily patch the area with concrete. In the spring, the street will be permanently fixed.


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