Record water main breaks in Bloomington

By Audrey Wise

February 19, 2014 Updated Feb 19, 2014 at 8:32 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- Bloomington Water crews hope the worst is over after seeing a record number of water main breaks this month.

On average, they see about eleven breaks. So far this month, they have already repaired more than double that, 24.

The breaks are spread throughout the city and mostly in neighborhoods.

Bloomington City Water Director Craig Cummings said the extremely harsh winter and the soil frozen so deep is to blame.

On a smaller scale, they have also suffered more than 30 frozen water lines going into homes.

Crews have to dig them up and let them thaw out to return water service to the effected houses.

"We will come back when it's a little bit easier digging than what we have right now and make more extensive repairs, lower the service line and insulate them at that time, and that will probably be several months down the road when it warms up a little," said Cummings.

The water director said this will be a costly winter and expects to go over his overtime budget.