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16-day cold snap ends but warm-up causes problems

Justin Marthaler (left) and John Stanz, of the Alexandria Street Department, worked at steaming open a drain near the intersection of 5th Avenue and Unumb Street Wednesday afternoon. (Lowell Anderson/Echo Press)1 / 3
Guy Masteller (left) and Justin Marthaler searched for a frozen drain, which had caused part of the street to fill with water. (Lowell Anderson/Echo Press)2 / 3
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The melt is on – and with it, flooding problems.

Temperatures in Alexandria shot up to 44 degrees on Sunday and 45 degrees on Monday, bringing blessed relief from a 16-day stretch when temperatures were several degrees colder than normal.

In some instances, however, all that melting snow had nowhere to go.

Some intersections in Alexandria flooded, according to Bill Thoennes, interim public works director.

Street crews have been busy steaming open the still-frozen drain pipes and getting them all unplugged will take a few days, Thoennes said.

If you have major flooding of streets or intersections in your area and it is affecting buildings or personal property, call Alexandria City Hall at (320) 763-6678.

“We will get a crew out there as soon as possible. Otherwise, we ask that you be patient,” said Thoennes.

Patience also comes into play for those waiting for spring. It officially arrives on the calendar next Thursday but the temperatures won’t be exactly balmy.

The high temperature this weekend is expected to be Friday when it hits 39 degrees.

Next week’s highs will range from the mid-30s to the mid-40s.

When will we finally crack the 50s? The long-range forecast says it could happen on Friday, March 28 with a high of 51.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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