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Unforgiving Freeze 
Pops Alaska Hydrants Out of Ground


21 Mar 07 - A cold spell last November, plus a too-cold March, drove frost deeper than usual in Anchorage this winter, down to about nine feet, just one foot above the official burial depth of city water pipes. Pipes buried 10 feet underground are freezing all around the city, according to the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility.

Fire hydrants popped out of the ground Monday and Tuesday nights and sent water flowing into buildings. The spurs that lead to houses - which property owners are responsible for - are freezing around the city.

"Everything in town is freezing up faster than we can keep it thawed out," said Larry Libby, owner of Libby Thawing Service. Libby thaws pipes 12 to 14 hours per day, and has been for weeks.

(I’m guessing that Anchorage residents would welcome a bit of global warming right now.)

See complete article by Rosemary Shinohara in the Anchorage Daily News
http://weatherbug.excite.com/StormCentral/Excite/StormCentral.aspx?zcode=z4639&story_id=6271&lid=SCT4
Thanks to Michael Jenkins for this link

 



               

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