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Southeast Wisconsin braces for cold stretch

Posted at 10:23 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-06 23:23:38-05

People across southeast Wisconsin are bracing themselves for days-long stretch of intense cold.

"I'm wearing two pairs of pants today," said Mitchell Lemieux.

In Milwaukee, city leaders are stressing safety and pleading with people to stay inside as much as possible.

"Do not forget to check on family members and friends who may be at risk for injuries or illness, especially the elderly and those with medical conditions," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. "Also be sure to limit the amount of time children and pets are outside."

Outreach workers are racing to get anyone who may be experiencing homelessness inside to a shelter or to a hotel they are partnering with. They are encouraging everyone to keep an eye out for people who may need help.

Water Works is ramping up its crews, as officials expect more water main breaks to happen in the coming days. Crews were out fixing a main break on Windsor Place on Saturday afternoon.

Crews are also reminding you to protect your pipes.

"So please check your home and basement temperature, keep it above 32 degrees so your pipes and heater don’t freeze," said Water Works Superintendent Karen Dettmer.

Despite Saturday's cold, some people layered up to go ice skating at Red Arrow Park.

The Valdes family was visiting from Texas and did not expect it to be this cold.

"I lived in Texas for four years so I'm used to the heat," Nashlay Valdes said.

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