Vandals open hydrants in Cokato, 1.1 million gallons of water wasted

  • Source: KARE-TV NBC 11 Minneapolis
  • Published: 06/20/2024 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Members of the Cokato Fire Department are a bit hot under the collar, and it has nothing to do with the flames they regularly face. A post on the department's Facebook page Wednesday is calling out a vandal – or vandals – who opened up fire hydrants across the community late Saturday into early Sunday, wasting more than a million gallons of water and dropping Cokato's water pressure to dangerously low levels. Firefighters were summoned to close the hydrants between 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., during a time period when a number of their colleagues were already responding to a serious vehicle crash in the area. The large amount of water drained from the system resulted in residents waking up to low water pressure in their homes Sunday morning. Releasing that much water could also damage roadways, property and cause potential flooding concerns.



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