Waverly Delivering Water to Residents with Frozen Pipes

By Brady Smith, Anchor/Reporter

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WAVERLY, Iowa - The city of Waverly is dealing with the aftermath of a persistent winter, as dozens of residents and businesses are dealing with frozen water pipes. The city is taking non-potable water to people for flushing toilets, and instructing them to go to the Wartburg College athletic complex for showering.

Michael Loeffler noticed Tuesday morning that water pipes had frozen. Now, he's wondering how long it will be before they thaw out.

"It almost makes wonder if they're going to go back to spring or next fall. It's pretty thick, and it's cutting down there, and they've got a limit for where the water line goes," Loeffler said. "I have to go up to The W where they provide showers, and maybe bring a water jug."

Public Services Superintendent Brian Sullivan said calls about frozen lines started with a trickle a few weeks ago.

"Then all of a sudden, we started getting more and more calls from residents and businesses about their water services freezing," Sullivan said, still taking calls when we spoke with him on Wednesday. At that time, he estimated more than 40 homes and businesses were without water, and wasn't sure when it would come back.

"For some, it may be when the frost thaws out, that's when they'll get their water back."

The big question Sullivan wants answered: when will the big thaw happen?

"The frost level has gone down to levels I haven't seen before, and I've been involved with public works for over 35 years," Sullivan said. "Hopefully we have an early spring."

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