CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – As temperatures hovered in the single-digits most of Friday morning, crews in Canfield had their hands full after three water lines snapped.
To compound the problem, the breaks all happened about the same time on different sides of town. Canfield City Manager Joe Warino said the thawing and hardening of the ground caused the ground to shift and crack the pipes.
“The pipe split right where the ground moved,” said Warino.
The worst break was along Lisbon Street where workers had to wait for a crew from Ohio Edison to arrive because the line was near a utility pole.
Residents are urged to conserve water through the weekend in light of recent breaks.
Workers at YOLO Grill on Canfield-Niles Road said they are helping out by putting off using the dishwasher for the time being.
“We can kind of scrape the plates clean and stack them up and wash them when they tell us we can get to them,” said owner Matt Sutton.
Crews with the Youngstown Water Department had at least four new breaks Friday.
Since the first of the year, the department had more than 200 reports of cracked pipes, with most occurring along smaller lines.
“They’re the weakest, and if you picture it like a pretzel stick and you put force any force on the ground, it snaps and it cracks,” said Gene Leson, Youngstown Water Department.
Leson said the problems will continue until the weather improves, but he says the expected snowfall this weekend may actually prevent breaks from happening because the snow will act as insulation.
“The blanket on the ground before it gets real cold again; that can only help at this point,” said Leson.