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Frozen fire hydrants cause problems for firefighters

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Dozens of fire hydrants are freezing as frost levels sink deep into the ground.

While the frozen hydrants cause problems for firefighters, most of them have been trained to handle this type of scenario.

Waterloo's Battalion Chief Mike Moore said officials at Water Works have done a good job of notifying the fire department when there are issues with hydrants, but sometimes they aren't aware of any issues until they roll up to a fire.

"We don't know until we go to try and open it, and if no water comes out, we know there's an issue, and that can be kind of scary for what we're doing," he said. "We have to just change our plans real quickly."

Moore said hydrants are placed about 300 feet apart, so if one hydrant is out of service, there will be another one they can hook up to nearby.

"With the cold weather, you never know what to expect and we just try to adapt with the issues at hand," said Moore.

Officials in Waverly and Cedar Falls also reported a few hydrants out of service because of the cold weather, however, Cedar Rapids and Dubuque didn't have reports of any.
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