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So far, Cold Causes Few Emergencies

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The deep freeze that's descended on much of the United States has not caused any serious emergencies yet in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Emergency Management spokesman Tod Pritchard said Monday that there have been scattered reports of water main breaks and frozen pipes in homes. He also says there was a minor power outage in Lafayette County, but power was quickly restored and no one had to be relocated.

Pritchard says of the cold, "So far, so good."

Pritchard says one of the major concerns is of people suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of using charcoal or gas heaters inside to warm their homes.

The Ready Wisconsin emergency preparedness website at ready.wi.gov also lists heating shelters around the state open to get people out of the dangerous cold.


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