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Ogdensburg DPW braves the cold to fix two water main leaks


For nearly four days, water has trickled out of a small leak in a water main under Hamilton Street. On Thursday the Ogdensburg Department of Public Works reported another leak on the same system.

DPW Supervisor Gregg E. Harland said the second leak is on a valve down the street from the original break, which was discovered Tuesday, and despite the frigid cold city employees were out trying to fix both problems.

Both leaks are near St. Mary’s Cathedral, 415 Hamilton St.

Neither leak is especially serious, Mr. Harland said, and water pressure is not being impacted for residents on the line.

Mr. Harland said the effort to repair the leaks has been hampered by the cold weather, which makes equipment brittle and more susceptible to breakdowns.

Add freezing water to the equation, Mr. Harland said, and the situation can be dangerous for city workers, causing them to work more cautiously and slowing down the process.

Since Tuesday, daytime temperatures have been hovering around 0 degrees.

At this point, Mr. Harland said, crews are trying to pinpoint the exact locations of the leaks, which is proving difficult.

Mr. Harland said they will be out today to try to isolate the leaks and stop them.

The city has been applying extra salt to the areas impacted by the leaks to mitigate ice accumulation.

Today’s temperatures are expected to rise to 12 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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