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City Of Savanna's Harsh Winter Means Water Issues

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It's such a simple task, something we take for granted. 

Turn the faucet, and water comes out. 

But in some Illinois towns, that simplicity just isn't happening. 

"This is the first time we've had something like this," says Savanna, IL resident Cody Johnson. "I've lived in Savanna my entire life and this is the first time this has happened here I can remember."

This winter has been a tough one for Johnson. 

A week ago, he woke up to find the faucets didn't work in his house. 

The water had frozen inside his pipes. 

"It sucks. But there isn't much you can do," he explains. "We're just trying to work together. It's just abnormally cold."

Mayor Tony McCombie says it's a pretty simple problem. 

"The city of Savanna is frozen."

She says this harsh winter has been tough on everyone.

From the water main breaks, frozen waters, to something as big as a frozen water tower. 

"We have to dump water continuously," McCombie says. "We have fire hydrants open to try to get the circulation out of that tower." 

As the water problems grow, so do the responsibilities of the Public Works Department. 

Everyday they are trying to make sure everyone has access to something as simple as water. 

"This all started back when the snow started in November, I think. And I don't think I've had a weekend off since." says Savanna Public Works employee Jay Miller. 

Miler is in charge of all things water for the city. 

Today (Wednesday), he is trying to fix a water main break, one of more than two dozen during this cold spell. 

It will leave many without water, and he doesn't think the problem is going away anytime soon. 

"The bad part is," he explains. "When the weather get warmer, the frost will go deeper in the ground. So you will keep getting breaks and freezing lines."

Leaving too much water on the streets, and not enough in the homes. 


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