Toronto tells residents to thaw frozen pipes with hair dryers during coldest winter in 80 years…(Dang Global Warming!!)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
By Paul Martin
Feb. 25, 2015

TORONTO (Reuters) – The coldest February since 1934 has left thousands of Toronto homes without water since a cold snap started two weeks ago and residents in Canada’s largest city have been urged to use hair dryers and warm towels to try to thaw frozen pipes.

While much of Canada is used to cold winters, weeks of extreme frigid temperatures in Toronto, one of the country’s southernmost cities, has caused a rash of frozen water mains and the smaller pipes that run into individual homes.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said the city has received about 2,000 “no water” calls due to frozen pipes since the deep freeze hit the city Feb. 14. About 300 homes are without water and the number is growing as the frost line penetrates deeper in the ground, he said.

Other water main breaks have flooded the subway system, prompting concern about the city’s aging infrastructure. To restore water flow, city workers have to dig up and thaw the pipes using machines.

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