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On heels of massive storm, fire hydrants need to remain clear

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WILLMAR -- On the heels of the latest storm, residents are once again being urged to make sure fire hydrants are kept clear of snow.

During a fire call in December, Willmar firefighters were forces to seek assistance from Willmar police and ambulance squad members to dig out the nearby hydrant.

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Fire Chief Marv urges residents to keep hydrants clear, and firefighters are shoveling around hydrants when they discover a snow-covered hydrant or are informed about one.

Other communities are taking similar approaches. Olivia Fire Chief Tim Seehusen said the department has not had any incidents this winter, and that most residents have been good about shoveling out hydrants near their homes.

City workers in Olivia also keep an eye out and shovel around hydrants that may be covered by snow.

In all area communities, firefighters or others are available to clear hydrants if residents call and report that they are unable to do so.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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