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Ogdensburg DPW plans to repair broken water main on Hamilton St. today

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Ogdensburg Department of Public Works employees will be back on Hamilton Street today to attempt to find and fix a leaking water main after Tuesday’s attempt to repair it failed.

DPW Supervisor Gregg E. Harland said Tuesday’s cold weather made the potential for harm to workers and equipment more acute. Mr. Harland said equipment failure is more likely in the cold. Temperatures remained below zero throughout the day.

“It’s not that bad of a leak,” Mr. Harland said. “If it was a worse leak than that it would be different.”

DPW employees were dispatched to Hamilton Street, in front of St. Mary’s Cathedral, at about 11:30 a.m. after water was discovered seeping up through the sidewalk.

Crews worked all afternoon to find the leak but couldn’t see it even after digging down to the water main.

Mr. Harland said the leak isn’t running into the street and shouldn’t pose any trouble for traffic. DPW barricaded and salted the sidewalk near the leak.

According to the National Weather Service, Wednesday’s high temperature is forecast at -2 degrees.

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