Feb 2, 2011 11:48 PM by John Romero

Busted water pipes causing big problems

As the weather cools down, things are heating up for Colorado Springs Fire.

"Because of the severe cold weather, we've had about 60 breaks in fire sprinklers," explains Captain Ray Johnson with Colorado Springs Fire.

Frozen and busted pipes are causing sprinkler systems to break all over the city, putting a strain on fire resources.

"We've had to kind of put some things on hold to overcome this incident of sprinkler system breaks," says Johnson.

One of the bigger incidents Wednesday, came from a busted sprinkler system at the Promenade Shops at Briargate.  When they were forced to close for the day, that meant no morning Starbucks for Robby Kurtz.

"This is like my normal place I come," he says. "So it's kind of a bummer that it's closed."

Another pipe bursting incident caused problems for UCCS dorm students. About 10 rooms on 3 different floors were flooded. Luckily the extent of the damage was just wet carpets. The students were given rooms at a hotel for the night.

Michelle Hill, who lives near downtown Colorado Springs, saw the damage burst pipes could do.

"I never thought anything like this would happen here." Around 1:00 Wednesday afternoon she and her family heard a rumble from the attic.

"It just sounded like something burst. Then water started coming in everywhere from the ceiling on down," she explains.

Water from the burst pipe flooded her 3 story home leaving her family of four and the family pets without a place to stay. When asked what the family would do now, Michelle replied, "I don't know. We have to go find a hotel for tonight."

Not even the pros were safe. "The fire department is also not immune," explains Captain Johnson. "We did have a sprinkler break here." The Springs Fire Operation building also suffered from a busted sprinkler system in the front entrance of the building.

"We're all human right?" he says with a laugh. "We all have breaks!"



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