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Waterloo Sees Surge In Frozen Water Service Lines

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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Waterloo officials say this winter's frigid temperatures have caused more than 500 water lines that connect to buildings to freeze.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the situation prompted Mayor Buck Clark to ask congressional and legislative representatives whether emergency assistance could be made available. He's also inquired with the Black Hawk County Gaming Association about whether funding.

Waterloo Water Works Production Manager Tim Robbins notes the service lines, which connect buildings with water mains, are the responsibility of property owners. Robbins says it costs at least $500 for a plumber to thaw a line. Costs can soar much higher if lines break.

Cities throughout Iowa have been dealing with a surge in water main breaks, but it's unclear whether they're also experiencing a big increase in frozen service lines.