The Merrill Fire Department is asking the community to help dig out fire hydrants after a resident took it upon himself to dig out 15.
City officials say some fire hydrants are buried so far beneath the snow that firefighters had to use metal detectors to locate them.
“This amount of snow is twice the amount that we are used to,” stated Battalion Chief, Tadd Wegener, with the Merrill Fire Department. “It’s important that we have access to hydrants if we were to have a structure fire.”
Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday dozens of volunteers arrived at the Merrill Fire Department to carpool with firefighter officials and dig out fire hydrants. The city says they have more than 100 fire hydrants that need to be dug out.