Hickory water main breaks in extreme temps

Hickory water main breaks in extreme temps

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 7 at 8:36 PM

HICKORY, N.C. -- It never really did warm up Tuesday in Hickory.

The temperature struggled to make it into the mid-twenties after a night of single digit cold.

"I don't remember it being this cold here for a while," said Hickory area resident Tiffaney Greene.

The Hickory Fire Department's spokesperson Terri Byers said there were no serious injuries related to the arctic blast of air that settled over the area.

A city water line broke Tuesday morning and Byers expected more pipes that had frozen overnight would likely crack as temperatures began to creep back up.

With it still below freezing for another night, Byers urged people who had not done so already to try to insulate their pipes as best they can.

"Find ways to keep them warm. Turn a light on or just turn it on a little bit, and that will hopefully keep it from freezing up," Byers said.

Kayo Bolton who lives in Hickory said she was worried about her pipes last night and took steps to keep them from freezing.

"What we did was we opened the cabinets under each sink and we left every single faucet dripping, and we had no problems," said Bolton.

At lunch time only a few people ventured out in downtown Hickory looking for lunch.

Most who did were looking toward the promise of warmer temperatures, perhaps as high as the 60s for this weekend.

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