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Greg Hermansen, a water operator with the City of New Richmond, works to heat an underground water pipe at the corner of South Knowles Avenue and West Fourth Street just outside Royal Credit Union on Monday, Feb. 17. Municipal workers have been putting in long hours to unfreeze pipes throughout the city over the past few weeks. (Photo by Micheal Foley)

City workers busy thawing frozen pipes

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You can tell it’s a rough winter when underground water and sewer pipes freeze solid.

Most water and sewer pipes in the City of New Richmond lay 7 to 8 feet underground, according to Public Works Director Jeremiah Wendt, and this winter the frost is reaching those depths as well.


A few weeks ago, pipes beneath homes and businesses in the City of New Richmond began to freeze up.

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Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley joined RiverTown Multimedia in July 2013 and serves as editor at the New Richmond News. In the past he has worked at several news outlets including in Hudson, Wis., the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., the Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis., and the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn. He began his career as a Marine Corps journalist. He served as a reporter and photographer in Okinawa, Japan, and editor of the base newspaper at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls.
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