Frigid Park City weather blamed for water-pipe breaks |

Frigid Park City weather blamed for water-pipe breaks

The frigid temperatures in early December in Park City caused problems with water pipes, the Park City Police Department and the Water Department said.

The Police Department last week received at least eight reports of problems. They were logged in various neighborhoods.

The cases reported to the police included:

  • on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8:26 p.m., the police received a report from someone on the 8000 block of Cache Drive, located off Royal Street in upper Deer Valley. The police were told water was coming out of a meter. A second person who contacted the police indicated water was running down the street. The Police Department in an online statement said firefighters were unable to stop the water. A representative of a property-management firm at the scene was also not able to stop the flow, the police said.

    "Officers retrieved the emergency management trailer and placed sand bags to channel the water away from other structures. The water went down Royal Street and eventually located a catch basin," the online statement said.

  • on Dec. 7 at 12:11 p.m., a water main break was reported on the 600 block of Main Street.
  • on Dec. 7 at 10:48 a.m., a pipe break was reported on the 1800 block of Amber Road, located in lower Deer Valley. The Park City Fire District was also alerted, according to police logs.
  • on Friday, Dec. 6 at 10:36 p.m., frozen pipes were reported on Oak Wood Drive, which is located in Solamere. The person who contacted the Police Department wanted the water turned off and was worried about water damage.
  • on Dec. 6 at 6:20 p.m., the manager of a property along Royal Street reported a water line had broken and told the police water damage was discovered.
  • on Dec. 6 at 11:20 a.m. and 11:16 a.m. reports were logged about a problem on the 600 block of Main Street. In the 11:20 a.m. case, a water leak was reported. The Fire District responded, the police said. In the case four minutes earlier, someone reported the possibility of a water-line break.
  • on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 10:29 p.m., someone along Park Avenue told the police a home did not have water service. The police were told water lines might have frozen.
  • on Dec. 4 at 6:47 p.m., the police received a report from someone along Main Street that there was no water flow, apparently in a building. The person told the police there was a problem last year as well.

    Kyle MacArthur, the water operations team leader in the Park City Water Department, said on Monday there have been two incidents recently involving water freezing and then breaking pipes, causing water damage inside a building. One was in a condominium garage in Silver Lake and the other on the top floor of a condominium in Old Town, he said.

    There have been approximately 20 cases blamed on the cold weather since early December, he said. MacArthur said the cold weather coupled with only scattered snowfall created conditions for the problems. He said snow insulates underground pipes from the frigid temperatures.

    "It’s definitely been an early extended cold snap," he said.

    The Water Department is responsible for problems up to the water meter. The property owner is responsible from the meter to the house. The cases reported in the last week have been the responsibility of the property owner, he said.

    MacArthur suggests people heat their places to at least 55 degrees and keep cabinets open to let warm air circulate toward the water pipes.

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