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:
"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.
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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