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Deep freeze causes water main problems across Ill.

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 9:50 a.m. CDT

MOLINE — This year's relentless winter weather is proving difficult for water mains across Illinois.

The Moline Dispatch reports the extreme cold has caused a record number of water main breaks in Moline this season.

Since Nov. 1, the community's reported 61 breaks. Another 60 have occurred in nearby Rock Island. And in East Moline, city officials say there were as many water main breaks through the end of December as the community normally receives during an entire winter season.

The frequent breaks are also costly.

Moline's previous record was the 51 breaks recorded in 1996. A typically winter has about 30 water main breaks.

Experts say the fierce cold has pushed the frost line far below ground. Combined with near-freezing water, the typically metal pipes are under extra pressure.

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