• James Parry

Town crews tackle frozen water lines in Hudson


Work crews were out again on Tuesday morning, February 24, tackling a frozen pipe, on Main

Road outside May’s Photography Studio.

This winter’s deep freeze, that has seen the coldest February in the past 20 years, is taking its toll on water pipes in Hudson with crews working all out to free frozen lines on town property as well as repair a busted pipe on Côte St. Charles overnight February 21 that saw 100 gallons a minute pouring down a manhole on Main Road. Said Town Foreman Ian Dalgarno in an exclusive interview with Your Local Journal on Tuesday, “It’s a tough winter for sure. Last week, we fixed four frozen lines. This week, three so far.”

On Côte St. Charles, just above Main, the town received a call at 1 a.m. from a resident reporting a water leak. A crew was on site 15 minutes later to check out the damage, cut a channel down to the drainpipe, and prepare the site for heavy equipment arriving later while setting up barriers to divert local traffic. The permafrost was discovered to be five to six feet deep.

At 9 a.m. the water was shut off , the Fire Department alerted, and Westwood Senior High notified of the problem that resulted in low water pressure for homes from Main Road to Crescent for the duration of the work that saw water back on at 2:15 p.m. and the road finally open to traffic again at 5 p.m. The cause of the leak, which resulted in no damage to properties, was a broken saddle installed in either the 70s or early 80s, linking a residence to the main water line, said Dalgarno. Repairs to the home’s driveway will be done this spring, he added.

Said Dalgarno, “We have also received reports of at least half a dozen frozen pipes on private property in the last few days but that is the responsibility of the homeowner. As far as pipes on town property is concerned, we will take care of those as soon as we are notified.”

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