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Atlanta's freezing temperatures cause 38 water main breaks in 3 days

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38 water main breaks were reported in Atlanta during a 3 day period 38 water main breaks were reported in Atlanta during a 3 day period
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

In these prolonged sub-freezing temperatures, water pipes in Atlanta are breaking five times more often than usual.

On a typical day, the city workers say they'll get two or three reports of pipes breaking, but from Wednesday, Jan. 3 to Friday, Jan 5, there were 38 in Atlanta.

After each one is fixed, there's a special surprise waiting for anyone walking by: a risk of slipping and falling on ice.

Some of the workers repairing a leak at 8th and Cypress explained to CBS46 why it takes so long to fix one of these breaks.

First, they have to find the shut off valves, which are rarely in an obvious place. It usually means shutting off water to entire street or neighborhood.

Once the water's off, next, they have to drain the area with a vacuum truck, and make sure there's nothing dangerous like electrical lines or natural gas pipes in their way.

If they are, things get a lot more complicated.

After all that's done, they say the easy part is fixing the actual pipe, which doesn't take very long at all.

The Atlanta Watershed Commissioner says each break costs between $6,000 and $20,000 to fix, depending on how big it is.

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