Water Main Breaks Abound (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose - 21Alive

January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 28, 2014 at 7:32 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- City crews battled the bitter cold to fix broken water mains.

There have been more than a dozen within city limits since Monday night alone.

Crews are fully expecting more of the city's aging water pipe system to break as this weather continues.

This water main at St. Mary's and West State Blvd. broke around six Monday morning, and crews were still working to shut the valve late in the afternoon.

A water main break typically takes four hours to repair, but because of the weather, it can take longer.

Besides homes and businesses relying on water to operate, the fire department is also in constant contact with city utilities about main breaks, so they know where fire hydrants might not have pressure and can bring in tankers.

City crews have been overwhelmed with the number of main breaks.

“Our crews understand that it is about public safety, and they're willing to go out on these really cold, extreme cold evenings to get the job done. We have also brought in some contractors because of the number of breaks that we've had today. So we do have a lot of people out working on these,” says Frank Suarez from City Utilities.

Call 311 to see if there's a main break in your area.

If not, investigators can come to your home to see if your water meter is broken.

They will replace it, but you'll have to pay $130 for it.

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