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Cold causes broken water pipe, dog worries

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WAUSAU (WAOW) – The most bitter cold to grip central Wisconsin in two decades prompted calls to law enforcement to check on animals outside, to help a homeowner who had a water pipe burst and to unlock some cars being warmed up, authorities said Monday.

But for the most part, there were no serious emergencies as of Monday afternoon, according to a survey of a handful of agencies.

It has been really uneventful,” said Lt. Tim Fischer of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department. “People are staying hunkered down from what I understand.”

Temperatures in central Wisconsin dipped to nearly -30 early Monday and warmed to only -13 to -18 during the day, forecasters said.

Fischer's agency looked into a complaint of a dog being left outside but investigators found out the dog had a place to get into with a sleeping bag, heated water and food, Fischer said.


One guy had a flat tire on the highway,” he said.

The Marathon County Sheriff's Department investigated a pair of dog neglect complaints related to the cold, Lt. Ryan Webber said. No rescues were needed, he said.

In Portage County, the sheriff's department responded to four calls of people warming up their cars and then inadvertently locking themselves out, an official said.

In Merrill, police helped an elderly woman who had a pipe burst in her home. Damage was limited as officers were able to help her shut off the water, an official said.

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