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Winnipeg crews delivering water to those with frozen pipes

March 11, 2014, Winnipeg – Hundreds of Winnipeg homes remain without water because of pipes frozen by the extreme cold.

March 11, 2014
By The Canadian Press

March 11, 2014, Winnipeg – Hundreds of Winnipeg homes remain without water because of pipes frozen by the extreme cold.

And, the city is warning it could be weeks before the taps are flowing again.

The winter's extreme cold has forced frost to penetrate deeper into the ground than before.

The city says this is the second-coldest winter in 75 years and frost has drilled down just over two metres.

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Officials say the problem won't go away even as temperatures start to rise.

City spokesman Randy Hull says the frost issue is expected to continue into April, May and possibly even June.

Even city fire crews are being tapped.

About one-thousand firefighters have been working around the clock to help deliver water to those in need and to check on about 500 homes.

They have also delivered notices to four-thousand homes at risk, asking residents to leave one cold water tap constantly running at a trickle.