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DeKalb cautions about potential frozen water pipes

Published: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 5:59 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 6:11 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – DeKalb officials are suggesting residents leave a faucet running at a trickle in their homes to prevent water service lines from freezing and cutting off water service to their homes.

The frostline in the soil is now deep enough to cause water lines that run from the larger water mains to residents' homes to freeze, according to DeKalb Public Works Director T.J. Moore.

"We have had almost a dozen instances in DeKalb where the water service lines have frozen," Moore said.

Moore suggested people who have concerns about water lines freezing, such as those without basements or who have experienced frozen lines before, should consider leaving a faucet running at a trickle.

He also advised if residents do decide to let their water run, they should keep it running consistently because turning it off could cause the water service line to freeze quickly.

The Water Division of DeKalb's Public Works Department will assist residents in restoring service during normal business hours. Residents without water are advised to call 815-748-2050.

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