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Water main breaks in middle of cold snap


February 19, 2021

A major water break on Washington Avenue over the weekend was quickly identified but still left local homes wondering why their water was running a little brown this weekend.

Caleb Peterson, director of Cloquet public works, said a typical break involves a small hole that leaks at a fairly slow volume. In this case, the pipe ruptured and the city’s water loss was estimated at more than seven times a typical leak.

“To put this in perspective, the system was losing more water than some fire hydrants around town are able to supply,” Peterson said. “Thankfully, the crew was able to id...

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