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EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) -- Water and money could be going down the drain at a local rink -- as an equipment failure causes the ice to melt. 

WDAZ's Kenneth Chase tells us how crews managed to save the day.

It's here at the Blue Line Arena right under my feet where a pipe burst. Causing them to scramble and work for days in order to get this ice back to frozen.

"I like skating because it's something just to do for fun," says Isabelle Kimball, synchronized skater. 

Isabelle Kimball skates nearby several times a week.

"We usually work on like different drills and sometimes when I practice by myself I do different routines," says Kimball.

She's one of dozens who use rinks in East Grand Forks for practice.

Until days ago when a broken pipe forced hockey players outside.

Ken Chase, "Do you know how the floor works or stays cold at all?"

"No I don't," says Kimball. 

Crews say it's here underneath the rink where a chemical called Glycol flows in through PVC pipes.

Last Friday -- one of the pipes burst -- spewing hundreds of gallons of the expensive anti-freeze.

"Just on the Glycol alone it's in the $4,000 or $5,000 area I'm not sure what the labor charges are at this point," says Reid Huttunen, Superintendent Parks and Recreation Department.

Crews managed to patch the pipe a day later but weren't sure what to do about the spilled Glycol.

Along with the uncertainty -- Parks and Rec crews are facing another problem -- rising temperatures.

"Prior to yesterday we'd been doing fairly well to keep the ice frozen enough that there wasn't water on it. But yesterday's warm temperatures hurt that," says Huttunen. 

The team spent the last few days filtering the Glycol and saving it -- in order to allow them to use it again.

They're hoping insurance will cover labor costs.

Tonight, they're just waiting for the ice to freeze over, so kids like Kimball can get back in synch.

"It's a good way winter sport especially in Minnesota where it's colder," says Kimball. 

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