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Firefighters: Clear snow from hydrants

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - Eastern Iowa's extra snowy winter has caused snow to pile up and stay piled up in some places.  While most intersections are ok, some emergency workers say homeowners can help themselves and their neighbors by making sure one area is cleared.

The storms are long gone but the shoveling continues for Cedar Falls firefighters.  They're in the process of digging out hydrants across the city.

"With the record snow we've had, we found that a number of hydrants are being covered by plows going by or the record snowpack that we've got," says Cedar Falls Fire Capt. Rob Inouye.

Fire crews say having markers to help identify where hydrants are can help them when time is critical.  But not all hydrants have them.  That's why they're asking homeowners to help them out.

"Not just do we want to do 2-3 feet around it so we can see it but we want to make sure that we're also going down below where we're going to connect our hose to it. The hose we have is 5 inches so if we don't clean it out, it's hard to connect that hose line and make sure we've got enough space to throw it down," said Capt. Inouye.

Fire crews say they've been lucky this season they haven't had to respond to a fire where the nearest hydrant was buried in snow.  They say if homeowners need help clearing a hydrant to call them at 319-273-8622.

Online Anchor/ReporterBob Waters

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