Frost causing water line problems - WNEM TV 5

Frost causing water line problems

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

More than 50 years in the same Bay City home and yet Nanette and Jerry Brandow say this is a winter of firsts. 

"Yeah, you never think about it because it's never happened before," said Jerry Brandow.

Their elderly neighbor is without water. The bitterly cold winter caused the water lines leading to her home to freeze and there is no time-table for when the city will be able to thaw the lines. So the Brandows have stepped in.

"The city came over here and said one idea they had was to run a hose from our outside outlet to her house, so she had water, and I said that's fine," said Jerry Brandow.

The Brandows have let their water trickle from a faucet for months now and according to city officials, that is a big reason why their water still works.

"It's definitely unique, I've been doing it for just about 11 years, plumbing, and I've never seen it like this," said Jim Grzegorczyk, a plumber who works for John M. Jacobs Plumbing and Heating in Bay City.

Grzegorczyk said the frost is so deep into the ground this year, frozen pipes have been a problem all across the area and that means the phones have been ringing off the hook.

"We've had water services freeze up that were six feet in the ground, and under the street," said Grzegorczyk.

Plumbers can get the water flowing again, but it may be costly. He said if you live in a problem area, letting your water run is your best option.

City officials tell TV5 they expect residents who live in problem areas will likely have to allow their water to run for the next six weeks.

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