Freezing temperatures cause pipes to burst at local business and

Freezing temperatures cause pipes to burst at local business and schools

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) - We didn't see temperatures below zero for too long, but while it was here it caused a headache at a local business.

Johnson City firefighters responded to the Hands On! Regional Museum about 10:30 Tuesday night. They had received a report that water was spraying on the front window. Crews struggled to find the cut-off valves, but stopped the gushing water 45 minutes later.

Wednesday, employees arrived at work early. They are facing some damage on the top floor with several puddles, but just below, in the old J.C. Penny's basement, now sits 6 feet of water. Firefighters said that pipes bursted because of freezing temperatures.

"We're not sure exactly where the line broke so we're going to have to get up into the ceiling and really try to investigate and see if there was something else that we could of done, but we had did all the precautions that we had been told to take before and so we are quite surprised," said Marketing Manager Kristine Carter.

The old J.C. Penny building is owned by the city, but the museum can use it as they like.

The museum wasn't the only who is feeling the effects of the arctic blast. Elizabethton City Schools were originally on a two hour delay Wednesday, but Superintendent Ed Alexander confirmed to News Channel 11 that school was called off after pipes bursted at the high school.

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