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Water tower pumps freeze in Wing, leaving town without water

The water tower in Wing is seen in this Google Maps image.

WING, N.D. - Wing — population 150 — is still without water after extreme cold left the city's water tower pumps frozen.

The pumps froze up Thursday morning, Jan. 31, and, as of Friday morning, crews were still out trying to diagnose the problem.

"The lines in the pump house have froze, and then the recirculating pump at the tower is also frozen," said Mayor Julie Hein, whose city is about 45 miles northeast of Bismarck.

Hein said employees with North Dakota Rural Water Systems Associates were on scene this morning to find the root cause.

The American Red Cross has donated drinking water to the city, Hein said. A Wing Fire Department tanker is also providing residents nondrinkable water to use for filling toilets.

"(Residents are) being pretty good about it. Everybody’s coming in; they don’t look too crabby. They understand there’s a problem and it’s an inconvenience for everyone, but I think we’re doing OK," Hein said.

Hein said they hope to detect the issue on Friday. The city's fire hall remained open Friday for residents to obtain water.

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