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Local Plumbers Busy After Cold Bursts Pipes

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The dangerous wind chills were gone Tuesday, but they continued to cause problems.

A small hole in a burst pipe flooded YWCA Executive Director Anita Lewandowski Brown's office Monday.

"There was probably about an inch of water in there and we could hear the water just gushing," she said.

Turning that water off meant closing the YWCA on Tuesday. Staff blame the extreme cold.

"We have an outside wall and we have a water pipe that runs there," said Lewandowski Brown. "It froze and then it burst; so a tiny little hole created a big mess."

Now comes the clean-up after a plumber replaced the pipe Tuesday morning.

"We couldn't get a hold of anybody [Monday] night so we didn't know when we might have it fixed," said Lewandowski Brown.

That's because the YWCA wasn't the only victim of the cold. About a dozen plumbers told NTV they were too busy to talk Tuesday.

Herman Plumbing said their crews were out until 8:00 p.m. Monday and in early again Tuesday.

Staff there said make sure your exterior walls are properly insulated to prevent your pipes from freezing. Also, open cabinets and doors to rooms you don't use often to help heat your pipes.

Although Monday's wind chills weren't typical, plumbers tell NTV calls like this are whenever there's a major dip in temperatures.

The YWCA will reopen Wednesday.

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