Winona City Water Superintendent Bob Dunn said five feet of frost has led to three times the record number of water-service freeze-ups this winter that he has seen in his 20-plus years on the job.
Dunn said the number has risen from 38 homes who lost lost service in 2008, and required plumbers and welders to get their water going, to 94 this winter season so far.
Dunn said bout 26 people on Hickory Lane in Winona were without water until 10:30 p.m. Monday when city crews had to crack a value to get the water flowing again. His crews were still digging Tuesday around a fire hydrant lead and service might be suspended again until repairs are made.
A separate so-called private line between Winona High School and the city's water main busted on Monday, but school was out for the holiday and repairs were made by 5:30 p.m. and school was back in session -- with water -- Tuesday.