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January 24, 2014

Cold spell continues with wind chill advisory

DANVILLE — Round 2 of this winter’s frigid temperatures has plenty of people — but not many pipes — freezing this month.

Aqua Illinois workers were at the corner of East Williams and Griffin streets on Thursday handling a water main break brought on by the cold weather. But the incident was the exception rather than the rule as the company has reported no out-of-the-ordinary spikes in pipe breaks during the month’s two cold streaks.

Area manager Bob Ervin said workers have kept up with the breaks for both residential pipes and the company’s overall distribution system brought on by the intense cold snap.

“So far, it’s not been out of the ordinary,” he said. “That’s somewhat surprising; you would think this weather would really be testing it.”

But, Ervin added, there is a lot of winter left for the region.

A wind chill advisory was in effect throughout the day Thursday as temperatures dropped to minus-2 degrees for a low and around 5 degrees for a high. The wind chill, as a result, was as low as minus-24 degrees and remained at minus-15 degrees as of mid-afternoon.

During these dangerously cold conditions, people should limit time outdoors if possible. Frostbite or hypothermia is possible with lengthy exposure to the cold.

A spokeswoman with the Presence United Samaritans Medical Center said the hospital’s emergency room had one frostbite case on Thursday.

In addition, the hospital saw an increase in slips and falls related to snow and ice.

The National Weather Service recommends people outside should dress warmly in multiple layers. If traveling, pack a winter survival kit that includes blankets and/or a sleeping bag in your vehicle.

Ervin was working during the first cold snap of the month and could hear water pouring out in the background as a frantic customer called in.

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