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Cold Weather Causes Water Main Break

A water main break on commercial drive in New Hartford could cause some problems for drivers tonight. Authorities believe the freezing temperatures caused a water main break.
A water main break on commercial drive in New Hartford could cause some problems for drivers tonight. Authorities believe the freezing temperatures caused a water main break.

"The temperature dropped the last day or two and the frost pushes down even deeper and that's when the pipe burst,” says Bill Carroll, site supervisor.

Carroll says crews will most likely be working throughout the night so two lanes will be closed.

Crews said the sidewalk was covered in water and in about a half hour time it had all frozen. But this doesn't just happen in commercial areas. This could happen in your home too.

"The pressure that the water is under could cause the pipes to burst causing flooding into your house, into your basement, etc.,” says Mike Schwartz, Red Cross.

The Red Cross tells homeowners they should leave water flowing through the pipes as much as possible to try to avoid freezing and pressure build up.

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