Corey Williams, Associated Press Updated 1:49 pm CDT, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 In a July 9, 2019 photo, Detroit River and canal water pouring over and through seawalls is flooding streets, homes and basements on Detroit's east side. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says three months of abnormally wet weather have kept stream flows into the Great Lakes well above average. Thousands of sandbags are expected to be placed along streets and in yards near Detroit River canals to keep water from flooding homes and basements. less In a July 9, 2019 photo, Detroit River and canal water pouring over and through seawalls is flooding streets, homes and basements on Detroit's east side. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says three months of ... more Photo: Corey Williams, AP Photo: Corey Williams, AP Image … [Read more...] about High levels push canal water into homes near Detroit River
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This week’s historic cold snap could lead to more than just frostbite and dead batteries. As the Twin Cities braces for cold not seen in decades, homeowners could deal with a rude and costly surprise: ruptured pipes. Remember the brutal winter of 2013-2014, when the Twin Cities was hit with the coldest winter in more than 35 years? How could you forget? That winter led to a spike in frozen pipes inside and outside homes, causing major headaches for residents and keeping local plumbers busy. If you become one of the unfortunate ones this week, don’t panic. Remember these tips, which are recommended by the American Red Cross: If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation. Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running … [Read more...] about Frozen water pipes? Historic cold snap to blame. Here’s what to do.
Philip Marcelo, Associated Press Updated 9:15 am CST, Friday, December 14, 2018 FILE-- In this Sept. 13, 2018 file image taken from video provided by WCVB in Boston, flames consume a home of Lawrence, Mass. police officer Ivan Soto in Lawrence, Mass, a suburb of Boston. Officials announced that most have been connected back to their service following the fires, explosions and loss of their main heating utility, but there are many issues which still need to be solved. (WCVB via AP) less FILE-- In this Sept. 13, 2018 file image taken from video provided by WCVB in Boston, flames consume a home of Lawrence, Mass. police officer Ivan Soto in Lawrence, Mass, a suburb of Boston. Officials announced ... more Photo: AP Photo: AP Image 1 of / 13 Caption Close Image 1 of 13 FILE-- In … [Read more...] about Months after Massachusetts gas explosions, normalcy far off
Philip Marcelo, Associated Press Updated 1:37 pm CST, Wednesday, November 21, 2018 In this Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 photo, 3-year-old Kendrick Enriquez, of Lawrence, Mass., leaps through an entryway to a temporary trailer camp for people displaced by natural gas explosions that shook communities on Sept. 13, 2018, in Lawrence and nearby towns. Families in Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley are facing a challenging Thanksgiving following September's natural gas explosions and fires. less In this Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 photo, 3-year-old Kendrick Enriquez, of Lawrence, Mass., leaps through an entryway to a temporary trailer camp for people displaced by natural gas explosions that shook ... more Photo: Steven Senne, AP Photo: Steven Senne, AP Image 1 of / 17 Caption Close Image 1 of 17 … [Read more...] about No heat, no stove: Gas explosions create Thanksgiving blues
Within a mere week and a half, a new daily routine for Luis Rodriguez has become rather usual. Every morning he wakes up at the Courtyard Marriott hotel in Andover before he puts on his clothes and makes the trip over to the Salem Street home where he lives with his daughter, mother, and her husband in South Lawrence. There, they wait for any updates they can get regarding the return of their gas service in their journey back to normalcy since Sept. 13, when over-pressurized Columbia Gas pipelines fueled explosions and rocked their neighborhood and the Merrimack Valley. The cycle of hotel to house and back again is tiring, Rodriguez said, but it’s a dramatic shift from the month and a half his family spent in a home without heat and hot water as autumn settled into New England. The entire experience has tested his family. “It brought good anger, good humor,” Rodriguez, 48, told Boston.com last Thursday as he stood on his front porch. “It comes with the territory … [Read more...] about ‘A lifetime, every day’: As cold weather sets in, a South Lawrence family without gas reflects on life since the Merrimack Valley crisis