Iowa – Record snowfall buries fire hydrants

A good reminder that too much snow can kill us in a myriad of ways.

29 Nov 2018 — With the record snowfall that the area received Sunday, Iowa American Water is asking residents who have a fire hydrant on or near their property to take a few minutes to clear away the snow so it is visible in the event of an emergency.

Iowa American Water annually inspects and maintains over 8,100 hydrants in Bettendorf, Blue Grass, Clinton, Davenport, Dixon, LeClaire, Panorama Park and Riverdale.

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

7 thoughts on “Iowa – Record snowfall buries fire hydrants”

  1. Greece, Friday, November 30, 2018: In Attica, the bad weather of Penelope has arrived from Thursday morning, with the inhabitants of the capital having been aware of the fall in temperature, while Parnitha dressed in “white”. The first flakes began to fall on Thursday afternoon, while snowfall became more intense in the evening. As you will see in the photos and the video, it “sowed” for the good in the evening.
    The first snow of this winter brings incredibly beautiful images while the deer made their appearance.
    The temperature on Thursday in Parnitha reached up to -2 degrees Celsius, and today the weak snowfall continues.

  2. All the towns here in NY State attach 4’ orange poles to their active fire hydrants at the start of winter. Many fire hydrants are deactivated by closing the valve down at the water main to prevent them from freezing.

    • The hydrant shutoff valve is buried under the freeze line- if properly installed. And since most upstate hydrant lines provide municipal water to people, shutting of the main is a really bad idea.

      And for better or worse, not all fire districts attach the high visibility poles to the hydrants. And even though the poles make it easy to locate them- THEY STILL NEED TO BE CLEARED! If your house is on fire, you want the VFD to be running hoses from the hydrant, not shoveling out the snow so they can reach the hydrant hose connections.

  3. The film The Day After Tomorrow.
    Massive weather systems ocean sized…tick.
    Sudden sustained snowfall….tick.
    Changes in solar activity causing earthquakes and tsunamis…tick.
    Sudden deadly temperature drop….tick.
    It’s all our fault…..ahhh now that’s where the facts and science end and bullsheet takes over!

  4. Just a sad reminder. It is very important we not underestimate the effects of cold. More people die from excessive cold each year (by several magnitudes) than from excessive heat.

    I realize people in this blog are aware of these things. I’m just reminding us that we should be prepared and understand many of our loved ones will not be.

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