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Water company crews work to keep things flowing

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The freezing cold means hard work for crews from Louisville Water who take care of the city's fire hydrants.

The crews are responsible for maintaining 24,000 hydrants in the city and have been out in the weather winterizing the fire hydrants to make sure they work properly.

Darren Washburn, a fire hydrant crew leader, said when a multiple-alarm fire happens it's important that firefighters have access to the life-saving water that they need.

"As soon as they show up, they get the water out of a hydrant, the more chance that that house is going to be put out," said Washburn. "That house is going to be put out."

With zero degree weather and a minus 20 degree wind chill, the crews take frequent breaks, every ten minutes or so. Exposed skin can be very susceptible to frostbite which can take as little as 10 minutes to take hold.

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