How is your city or town coping with the cold?

@winterose (39897)
Canada
January 19, 2009 12:37pm CST
Montreal has the oldest water pipes in North America, we have just gone through a cold spell and every day for 14 days there have been under ground pipes bursting somewhere in the city, the last major flood was a water pipe that broke downtown, it was 114 years old. the city plans to puts millions of dollars into new piping but says its the provinces fault (Quebec) for not giving the money. Some Critics say that it is our mayors fault, he is currently asking for millions to dress up Mayor Drapeau park, when that is fine and dandy but not when we new new pipes in the street. how is the area where you live coping with the cold, ice and or snow? Are you satisfied with the way they are running the area? even if you live in a hot country do you think you government officials are doing what they can to keep up the area in which you live?
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• United States
21 Jan 09
Here in Northern Va our pipes are okay. It is in Washington D.C. that water main pipes burst every once in a while.The pipes in D.C. are about 96 years old.We haven't had any snow , thank G-d so this winter has been okay.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
22 Jan 09
good for you, it is just awful every year in montreal, we are tired of it but the government keeps promising us change but does nothing.
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• United States
22 Jan 09
Hang in there, Spring is coming.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
20 Jan 09
Brr..Our water just thawed after being frozen for several days. Thankfully they didn't burst cause that would have been a costly mishap one we couldn't afford. So far no meters have frozen and burst that I heard but I did hear on the news that another state had pipes burst and water was everywhere and they had to boil their water when it was fixed for several days. I think the people should get together and petition that the lines be fixed before a park is.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
20 Jan 09
our municipal government never listens to the people, they are jerks,
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
20 Jan 09
Oh, I am sorry to hear that. Maybe it would be one reason not to vote him back in again as mayor. I know I wouldn't.
@pergammano (7690)
• Canada
19 Jan 09
You certainly are living in a deep freeze...and I do feel sorry for you! And I have seen your broken water pipe dilemnas on Global T.V. I do know that Montreal has just got out of debt for the 1967 Olympics....but I guess I just plain DO NOT understand your provincial/municipal politics! If that were happening in B.C. to any of our major/minor cities...The problem would land right back in the laps of the Mayor/Council! This is why the City/Town/Village sets their own "mil" rate for property taxes, which are spent on upgrades; of water systems, transit, bridges, etc., and slush to be spent on "beautification" projects. Cheers!
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
19 Jan 09
we are also the pot hole capital of canada, it is just so disgusting,
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• Canada
19 Jan 09
Gee whiz, my girl...I think that's one we could have a competition for! Our roads were never paved with the proper tarmac to within anything less than -5C and we've had many,many days colder than that, so now we have frost heaves that make holes big enough to take out both sets of tires & bend the rims on a side of the car! Cheers!
@annjilena (5620)
• United States
21 Jan 09
we have bitter cold winter and it is very cold here.we got a dusting of snow and thats about it.kids was disappointed they wanted to be out of school but they had to go today.we are getting pipe brusting as well.my feet stay cold all the time.i have to get under a heat pad to warm my feet every day.
@winterose (39897)
• Canada
22 Jan 09
where do you live? here in canada it is far colder than the usa and we have snow storms all the time.
@cripfemme (7713)
• United States
21 Jan 09
In New England, we're used to the cold. We eat lots of stews and soups here. Happy to put on those 5 winter pounds. In New England, we ear lots of sweaters (often in multiple levels) so that sort of thing doesn't matter. The cold is bad, the eating is good.
@winterose (39897)
• Canada
22 Jan 09
you don't get the cold we get in canada, it was minus 52 with the wind chill in manitoba last week, the cold is so bad that the salt you put on the street to melt the ice doesn't work in that cold, the cold is so bad that if you take a steamy cup of coffee outside it freezing in 30 seconds, montreal is not that cold but with the wind we had - 30 below already
@chertsy (3804)
• United States
21 Jan 09
Your mayor sounds like that one mayor that even though his city is facing problems because of the recession thinks it's ok to own a Hummer. My city is spending money on things that will bring money to our city. They are finally fixing roads, especially one that I live off of. Our neighborhood had to suffer a few months of detours, but now a couple of neighborhoods are having detours. Once this project is done, we will have safer roads especially when it rains or any time the roads become slick. During cold weather, my county is quick to put salt on the roads so people will be able to drive without sliding around. Also with the new roads, we will have better drainage systems. So the roads won't flood, which can be a pain during the rainy season.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
22 Jan 09
wow that sounds like a wonderful city they are right on top of things
@KrauseHome (36738)
• United States
20 Jan 09
Well overall the weather here has gotten a lot warmer so we do not have to worry about the Cold, etc as much now. We are just having a lot of Fog and such which makes it interesting to drive in. We had our share of Cold though, so hopefully it is done here for this yr.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
22 Jan 09
it is only January, we had december, and we will have february and march too, we are only mid winter. here
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
20 Jan 09
we havent done anything all that different except the city has put out cold weather alerts which means that homeless shelters are offering more beds and the salvation army goes out and offers coffee and soup to the homeless.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
22 Jan 09
well at least they do that, but it would be much better if they had homes for all the homeless, it is the same here too.
@laglen (19779)
• United States
20 Jan 09
I live in Colorado. today is 65 degrees and tomorrow will be 71. We are expecting snow on Thursday. Colorado is a very weather confused state!
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
22 Jan 09
wow what a contrast in weather, that is something
@myskina (182)
• China
20 Jan 09
well . so sorry to hear that . thank you for care about . we live in the temperate zone . Chinese . so amazing your description . i usually think there is so modern of yours . and the government have the more efficiency . but ```` well . we admire the Japanese' efficiency . fast and good . now we try it . too . and last . i hope you everything okay . your town adn your city . everything gonna be fine . happy holidays .
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
22 Jan 09
thanks so much for response my friend.
• India
20 Jan 09
well interesting discussion.yup i am from india.And i am living in AP.cold is not so high.But compare to the previous year it is high.Bu i dont know due to cold,ice and. the pipes will be break.In my living town there is no chance of breaking pipes due to cold.ice and snow.But in my living due to cold i am going going out at the late ngt.I feel shivering and i cant stand even a min.i am just sleeping at my room.in the topic she asked that wat ur goverenment officials are doing to keep up the ares in which u live,offcourse there is no much cols in my livig arear and no breaking of pipes and soooo---.so that hey are not caring.we are feeling a good livelyhood.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
20 Jan 09
then I hope that your weather gets warmer soon so you will feel more comfortable in your home.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
20 Jan 09
WE have not had any problems this year with water pipes bursting, thank God. They must have them deep enough or well insulated here. I think they are doing everything they can to make sure nothing goes wrong with them here.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
20 Jan 09
that is great
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
19 Jan 09
TRhey always have road work going to fix them up also they just put in new pipping on our street a coupkle of years ago they are really gong from different sections of down putting in new pipes. They one gripe I hear around here is about the Govenern. Saying he is tring to cut teaches wages but 6% . HE is taking a ^5 cut in is wages but I think the congress all should do this but leave the teacher and policemans wages alone for they are all that high in the first place!
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
20 Jan 09
yep leave the teachers and policemen alone, they are not making that much.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
19 Jan 09
Minneapolis and it's surrounding communities do very well maintanence wise with the streets, utilities etc all the time. I have been here over 35 years and have never heard of water pipes bursting in the city due to cold etc. The cities and counties and state departments do a wonderful job I feel. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
19 Jan 09
wow that is wonderful, wish I could move there lol
@Chevee (5914)
• United States
19 Jan 09
Here in southeastern Alabama things are going pretty good around our local area weather related. We have had some very cold weather the past 3-4 days but no major problems that I know of. I just checked the local newspaper and I don't see any disasters happening. All I see is a frozen water fountain. That is how excited we get when we have some very cold weather so by that you know we are not used to this kind of weather.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
19 Jan 09
good for you, I almost wished I lived in alabama, but I don't like the intense heat and I never saw a snake before and don't want to lol
@ikzelf (59)
• Netherlands
19 Jan 09
Well, personally I'm glad I live in the Netherlands, but this winter it was very cold (-20 was the record this year!)... The gouvernment of my city is doing very well...if there is something damashed or broken bt the cold they will repair it.