Hannibal Board of Public Works personnel were out over the weekend checking reports of frozen water meters.

A Hannibal Board of Public Works (HBPW) employee was out shortly before 9 a.m. Monday to check the status of an exterior water meter at Seventh and Center streets.

The worker, who needed a shovel to gain access to the pit, said he was on scene to restore service to a residence. However, the worker and his partner said that over the weekend the HBPW personnel on duty received reports of lost water service due to the cold. With the overnight low Sunday dropping into the single digits, more calls were anticipated Monday.

According to Heath Hall of the HBPW when a frozen meter is found it is first checked to determine if it is cracked. If cracked the meter is replaced. If not cracked a propane torch is used to warm the meter’s bottom.


Reach reporter Danny Henley at danny.henley@courierpost.com .