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Dangerously cold days begin in Omaha-metro

Published: Feb. 12, 2021 at 6:14 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The long stretch of very cold weather is taking a toll on various services in the Omaha-metro area over the next few days.

No flames to report here at an apartment complex in Council Bluffs.

Firefighters tell 6 News that someone was cooking with oil and that’s what set the smoke alarm off.

But these subzero temperatures can mean dangerous business for firefighters.

The captain responding to tonight’s fire says fire hoses can freeze up in a matter of minutes and anyone is susceptible to falls when it’s icy out.

Capt. John Pier of the Council Bluffs Fire Department says, “just freezes in a matter of minutes.”

First responders have faced these temperatures all week long.

Crews out here say it’s all a part of the job until temperatures warm up.

Omaha Public Works said Friday that the city’s trash collection will be delayed Monday for one day because of the cold weather. Monday’s trash will be collected on Tuesday, and Tuesday’s trash will be collected on Wednesday, with the rest of the week to follow a similar pattern.

FCC Environmental is asking residents to make sure carts are set out by 6 a.m. on the rescheduled day to make sure trash gets picked up.

Residents can report any missed collections to the Solid Waste Hotline at 402-444-5238 after 7 p.m. on the rescheduled day.

The cold also prompted some Test Nebraska sites to close.

According to a Test Nebraska release, the site at Oakview Mall was closed Friday and will remain closed for the next several days, reopening Wednesday, Feb. 17. Metro Community College sites for north and south Omaha will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Anyone registering for a COVID-19 test through TestNebraska.com should check for updates via text or email.

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