AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Roads are closing throughout Akron as city workers scramble to fix a record number of water main breaks in the freezing weather.
Extreme cold weather causes water main breaks when the frost causes the ground to expand and break underground water pipes.
"The cold weather hit so early and it stayed, and the frost line is much lower than what we've seen in the past," said Rick Forsyteth, Superintendent of Akron Water Distribution.
Forsyteth said department has already seen record breaking numbers in just the past two months.
"We're up to about 220 now, January and February, in an average year well see anywhere from 250 to 275 so were almost up to a year in these two months," added Mr. Forsyteth.
The city averages six to eight water main breaks per day which forces employees to work long hours in the cold.
Forsyteth tell 19 Action News he's spoken with other cities and they say are experiencing the same problem because of the extreme winter weather.
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