SAVANNAH, Ga. — Public works crews are putting in extra hours in Savannah this weekend to monitor for burst water lines after a week of icy weather.

John Sawyer is Savannah’s public works director. He said Friday that calls reporting broken water lines and leaks had jumped to 55 since Wednesday’s winter storm. He says Savannah typically gets one or two such calls each day.

Sawyer said pipe problems often aren’t detected until after things thaw out after a freeze. The Savannah Morning News reports city officials are advising residents to let their faucets drip if leaks occur and wait for city crews to arrive.

The National Weather Service says Savannah got 1.2 inches (3 centimeters) of snow Wednesday. Thawing has been slow, with overnight temperatures forecast to remain below freezing through Saturday.

Information from: Savannah Morning News,

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.