Freeze Bursts Pipes

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This weekend’s chilly winter temperatures wreaked havoc on a number of businesses and homes, with water pipes bursting across town, and Monday’s low temperature dipping to 5 degrees.

A broken water pipe at Payson Regional Medical Center even got CEO Chris Wolf to pick up a mop and help sop up the mess.

Fire officials say water pipes also broke at Home Depot, Shepherd of the Pines Church and at a home.

Fire Chief Marty deMasi said this weekend was the coldest yet, and pipe ruptures could continue with lingering cool temperatures.

He said the best defense is keeping your home heated, and if you plan to leave for a while, to turn the water off.

At the hospital, officials said the break occurred in an older part of the building, in a two-inch pipe in the ceiling above the cafeteria.

Patti Patterson-King, the director of marketing and business development for the hospital, said Wolf helped mop up the water, which was several inches deep.

The damage was limited to that room, and the kitchen is still operational and putting out meals.

At Home Depot, a sprinkler reportedly broke in the garden center and a pipe burst at Shepherd of the Pines.

The pipe ruptures continued into Monday.

The forecast calls for gradually increasing temperatures, with lows of 19 on Wednesday and 25 on Thursday.

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