Extremely cold temperatures are forcing some public works departments in Minnesota to brave the elements and stop water from rushing onto roadways and freezing.
Over the weekend, a water main broke in Golden Valley on the 500 block of Utah Ave. Two more cities experienced water main breaks on Tuesday morning: Eagan and Richfield.
The City of Richfield had a water main break fixed by 10 a.m. Tuesday, about two hours after the break was reported on the 6700 block of Humboldt Ave. S. All residents whose water service was affected were notified.
Crews were planning to repair the roadway where the break occurred on Tuesday afternoon.
Richfield's neighbor to the southeast, Eagan, also had a water main break near the outlet mall on Hwy. 13 near Silver Bell Road.
"Water pressure in homes and businesses in the area could be affected. Crews are on it," the City of Eagan said.
Meanwhile, the lengthy outbreak of subzero conditions – the Twins Cities was at or below zero for 131 consecutive hours – is finally coming to an end. Temperatures in the metro area are forecast to remain in the mid-teens Wednesday-Friday before a shot at some 30s and maybe even 40s next week, according to the National Weather Service.