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Hopedale’s water emergency


February 20, 2012
By Canadian Press

February, 20, 2012, Hopedale, NFLD — The Canadian Red Cross and a Newfoundland and
Labrador business have stepped in to help the town of Hopedale after a
state of emergency was declared.

Mayor Wayne Piercy said on Friday that the northern Labrador community’s entire water system is at risk of freezing.

Nor-Lab Ltd., a food and beverage distributor based in Happy
Valley-Goose Bay, has donated bottled water in case homes lose access to
drinking water.

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Piercy says the problem started about two weeks ago, when the main
reservoir dropped due to a leaking valve and a storm that blew water out
of the pond.

A pipe that links a supplementary reservoir with the main one has
frozen, and residents have been asked to keep taps open to prevent more
freezing.