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Deep frost leads to frozen water lines in Rockford

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -

Homes and businesses aren't the only ones experiencing frozen pipes lately.

The City of Rockford is just one of many across the state that have seen water mains and service lines freeze up and break due to this winter's sub-zero conditions. In many places, frost has been as deep as 5.5 feet.

The City of Rockford says about 60 service lines in the area have been affected.

"We've commandeered several contractors to go out and try to unfreeze these lines," City of Rockford Public Works Director Tim Hanson said. "It's labor intensive. An average line to unfreeze takes ten hours to unfreeze. We're trying to get to these lines as fast as we can."

Hanson said frozen pipes can be prevented if people turn on a faucet at a slight trickle and open doors on cabinets where water lines are exposed.

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