Cold Weather Temps

Friday, January 12, 2024 - 1:45pm
City of Monroe Prepares for Dangerous Cold
(Monroe, LA) - The Monroe area will soon experience extremely cold
temperatures. Sustained cold temperatures and wind chill can cause
exposed water pipes to freeze and burst. Sometimes, the extent of the
damage won’t be obvious until the pipes thaw.
The City of Monroe Water System is encouraging a few simple practices to
help with pipe protection on upcoming days with extended freezing
Pipe areas to focus on are in attics, garages, and behind closed cabinet doors
where pipes are vulnerable due to the unheated interior space.
Here are some prevention tips:
Outdoor Prevention:
- Disconnect drain and garden hoses from water faucets; this will help
prevent the faucets from freezing
- Cover outside faucets with an insulating faucet cover
- If faucet covers cannot be found, wrap the faucet in T-shirts or rags,
cover the fabric insulation with some plastic bags and duct tape it into
- Insulate and/or heat tape any exposed water piping located outside
Indoor Prevention:
- Insulate any exposed piping under sinks and inside cabinets
- Seal or caulk cracks near piping that could allow cold air in from the
outside, such as dryer vents or water pipes
- Keep garage doors closed completely; this will keep cold air from
entering the house
- Open cabinet doors to allow heat from the house to circulate and keep
the pipes warm
- As a last resort, let the faucets drip; as water conservation is important
to the City of Monroe
What To Do If Your Pipes Freeze
One of the obvious signs that you have a frozen water pipe is when no water
comes out of your faucet when you turn it on.
The best course of action is to contact a plumber so the pipe can be safely
thawed and any ruptures repaired immediately.
If your water pipes rupture and water is entering the house, use your private
shutoff valve to turn off the water. If you do not have a private shutoff valve,
or if you cannot find it, call the City of Monroe Water Distribution Office for
an emergency turn-off at the meter.
For after hours and weekends, call (318) 329-2385.
Sewer Stoppage Truck Operations:
The trucks operate using water to clear pipes. Therefore, these trucks cannot
be used when the temperature is below freezing.
The Sewer Department will stop responding to sewer stoppage calls when
the temperature drops below 32 degrees. Calls will be logged and will
receive service in the order that they are received once the temperature
warms up enough to prevent the trucks from freezing.
Emily Stogner
Executive Department
cell: 318-372-7640