By Correne Martin and Audrey Posten
Extreme weather conditions and deeply driven frost have been wreaking havoc on water and sewer pipes in communities throughout the region for weeks now. With frost reported to be at least four and a half to five and a half feet deep in areas not covered by snow, these lines, especially those buried shallowly, are susceptible. Area public works employees are working around the clock to help residents unthaw services if they can. However, in some cases, in some communities, unfreezing the line might be impossible, leaving the owner stuck until the spring thaw.
The Courier Press has confirmed that residents in the communities of Prairie du Chien, Wauzeka, Gays Mills, Bloomington, Bagley, Monona and Guttenberg are being advised, until further notice, to run a continuous pencil-sized stream of water in their homes to prevent frozen laterals (pipes) to their homes.