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City of Monroe prepares for freezing temperatures

Jay Curtis

(Monroe, LA) Temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing later this afternoon and through the overnight hours. Sustained cold temperatures and wind chill will cause exposed water pipes to freeze and burst. Even a tiny crack can unleash 200 gallons of water in a single day.

The City of Monroe Water System is encouraging these simple practices to help with pipe protection on upcoming days with extended freezing temperatures.

Pipe areas of focus are in attics, garages and behind closed cabinet doors where pipes are vulnerable due to the unheated interior space.

Here are some prevention tips:

Outdoor Prevention:

• Disconnect drain and garden hoses from water faucets; this will help prevent the faucets from freezing

• Cover outside faucets with an insulating faucet cover

• If faucet covers cannot be found, wrap the faucet in T-shirts or rags, cover the fabric insulation with some plastic bags and then duct tape it into place

• Insulate and/or heat tape any exposed water piping located outside

Indoor Prevention:

• Insulate any exposed piping under sinks and inside cabinets

• Seal or caulk cracks near piping that could allow cold air in from the outside, such as dryer vents or water pipes

• Keep garage doors closed completely; this will keep cold air from entering the house

• Open cabinet doors to allow heat from the house to circulate and keep the pipes warm

If your water pipes rupture and water is entering the house, use your private shutoff valve to turn off the water. If you do not have a private shutoff valve, or if you cannot find it, call the City of

Monroe Water Distribution office for an emergency turn off at the meter.

Water Distribution is open from Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For afterhours and weekends, call (318) 329-2385