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Frozen, burst pipes damage several Triangle apartments

Posted January 8, 2014

— Pipes that froze in below-freezing temperatures then burst caused problems for several Triangle residents Wednesday.

At Sedgebrook Apartments in Cary, four or five apartments had soaked carpets and no heat.

“I go into the bathroom, and all I hear is drip, drip, drip,” said tenant William Best, who came home just before noon and found water dripping from the ceiling.

An alarm went off and firefighters showed up.

“I don’t have renters insurance, so apparently everything is gone,” said Best’s mom, Tina Corbett. “I’m not worried about stuff. Stuff is stuff.”

In Raleigh, Bennie Sharpless came home to her Bona Court town house and found her bedroom ceiling collapsed. She had left her kitchen faucet dripping to prevent the pipes from freezing during the blast of arctic air, which sent temperatures plummeting into the single digits earlier in the week, but it apparently didn’t help.

“That’s what greeted me at the door,” she said of the mess of drywall and insulation. “The pipes are no good. All we can do is get it fixed and don’t worry about it.”


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  • anonemoose Jan 9, 2014

    And this is news, why? I'm sure that these are not the only ones with frozen pipes and damage.

  • kermelbar Jan 9, 2014

    Renters' insurance is super cheap -- like $150 a year -- and you generally get a bit of a break if you go through the same company that has your car insurance. I know $150 seems like a lot at times, but it's a whollllle lot cheaper than replacing your stuff.

  • Glass Half Full Jan 9, 2014

    So sorry, Bennie! Hope you're able to ge it repaired without much trouble.

  • righthere1234 Jan 8, 2014

    The last 2 times we rented an apartment renters insurance was mandatory, and the apartment complexes said it was a state law not their rules.

  • jeff27577 Jan 8, 2014

    how can you NOT have renters insurance? its so cheap.