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Frozen pipes dampen Attleboro business

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By Abbey Niezgoda

Ann LaValley rattles off what she has left of her Attleboro Hair Salon after the pipes burst in the business she has owned for the last 31 years.

"There was just streaks and streaks of water," LaValley said. "Total destruction."

A restricted access sign hangs outside of the Bank Street building now, keeping those who lived and worked there out. At least five apartments were occupied at the time and are now ruined. LaValley thinks one of the vacant apartments caused the pipes to burst because no one was heating it.

"It was just waiting sitting there waiting to freeze," LaValley said.

John Day of J.W. Day Contracting says thousands of gallons of water flowed through the Bank street property. His phone has been ringing off the hook, everyone calling with the same problem. He says there is a simple solution.

"Even crawl spaces, you've gotta open the doors and get heat flowing in those areas," Day said.

LaValley still does not know when she can reopen her salon. To get by, she is trying to rent space at another salon, hoping her clients can wait until she is set up somewhere else.

"It makes me want to cry," LaValley said. "But I have done a lot of nice things for people in my life so hopefully somebody is going to help me."

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