The extreme cold contributed to nearly 20 water main breaks across Omaha during a 72 hour period.
Tracey Christensen of the Metropolitan Utilities District said crews repaired 12 breaks over the weekend. Six additional breaks were reported Monday through 2:30 p.m.
Christensen said most water main breaks occur during extreme temperatures, both hot and cold. As frost seeps deeper into the ground during the winter months, more pressure is put on pipes and causes them to break.
“The breaks happen all over town,” Christensen said. “We see a bit more from the older, cast iron pipes. But the breaks are occurring in west Omaha as well.”
The breaks that occurred over the past couple days have involved 6- and 8-inch pipes, Christensen said.
“We haven't had any real big breaks, knock on wood. The crews are getting them fixed in an average of three to four hours,” she said. “It's been a rough weekend.”