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Weekend water pipes freezing cause schools to close Monday

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By Chelsea Priest, cpriest@abc6.com

Frozen water pipes have been a widespread problem over the past few days. Many homes, businesses and schools are dealing with burst pipes. Two Rhode Island schools even had to close Monday.

The temperatures have been extreme from very warm on Monday to the bitter cold over the weekend. It's that bitter cold that caused the problems.

It was raining and the snow was melting at Drum Rock Childhood Center were cleaning up after a weekend water pipe break. Warwick Superintendent Dr. Richard D'Agostino said, "This morning they found it and there was about an inch of water around ¾ of the school."

Since the school was closed over the weekend, the break wasn't found until 6AM Monday, forcing the school to stay closed. D'Agostino said, "They were doing their best to get it cleaned up before school started but there was just no way."

There was a similar scene at Cumberland High School Monday morning. Carpet cleaning crews worked to clean up after a heating coil ruptured effecting 12 classrooms.

With the temperatures dipping below zero over the weekend, the Providence Public Safety Complex also experienced damage after a water pipe break. Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements said, "A pipe attached to a sprinkler head had burst from a cold draft on the outer portion of the wall from the cold air...and a three or four inch pipe burst in half." Four inches of water fell on the third floor and seeped down to the second and first floors. Clements went on, "Varying degrees of damage done to ceilings, ceiling tiles, walls, wall boards, carpets and other flooring."

Plumbing companies have been inundated with calls the last few days. Some important tips to keep your pipes from bursting, turn your heat up, make sure the air is circulating around your house including closets and if you have had problems in the past run hot water through your faucets and leave a trickle running during this cold blast.

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