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Cold Causing Pipes to Burst, Even at Water Company



    Cold Causing Pipes to Burst, Even at Water Company
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    LEICESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 06: An exterior tap is covered in snow in Newtown Linford on January 6, 2010 in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. The MET Office has put in place severe weather warnings for much of Britain today as heavy snowfall sweeps across southern counties from Scotland and the north of England. It is predicted that the freezing conditions will bring Britain's heaviest snowfall for 23 years with some areas of southern England estimated to receive up to 40cm of snow. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

    How hard is the bitter cold weather on water pipes? In suburban St. Louis, even the water company is dealing with a pipe burst.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an Alton, Illinois, call center for American Water had to be evacuated Tuesday night after a pipe broke. Employees returned to work after the water to the pipe was shut off.

    Across the St. Louis region, Missouri American Water has been dealing with about 60 breaks per day during the extreme cold snap that has settled over the Midwest and many other parts of the nation. The company has more than 40 crews out repairing breaks. 

    A break in the cold is coming. The temperature is expected to finally top the freezing mark on Sunday.