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Water main breaks in Raleigh and Fayetteville

Posted January 7, 2014

A water main break was reported at the intersection of White Oak Road and Alexander Road near the Five Points area on Jan. 7, 2014. (Submitted by Leigh Fox Burke)

The cold weather caused a number of water main breaks Tuesday morning.

Three have been reported around Raleigh: Smallwood Drive and Sutton Drive near Cameron Village, South Person Street and East Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh and White Oak Road and Alexander Road near the Five Points area.

A water main break was also reported in Fayetteville at the intersection of Morganton Road and East Loch Haven Drive.


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  • sunshine1040 Jan 7, 2014

    As pipes thaw even more lines will break hope you have plumber on standby. I was always taught to leave a faucet on drip for less chance of pipe freezing and then bursting

  • Backtothemountains Jan 7, 2014

    But according to others in another comment section the cold weather was absolutely nothing to worry about!

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 7, 2014

    Deathrow, you are correct. Water mains are usually 3-5 feet underground. When frost penetrates this deeply into the soil, it causes the ground to freeze, expand and break the water main. Usually when it's this cold, theres a layer of snow on the ground which acts as a blanket to help insulate the pipes below, but not in this case. In this scenario frost is able to reach well below the ground and rupture weakened pipes.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 7, 2014

    Correct me if I'm wrong. But I was thinking that the water in these main lines doesn't actually freeze and break the pipe. Its actually the ground that contracts and settles in the cold temperature that breaks the main line pipes. Again, correct me if I'm wrong.

  • abwhite88 Jan 7, 2014

    I'd hate to be the person that has to fix these. Might be just a tad bit chilly.

  • luvstoQ Jan 7, 2014

    Yikes, streets becoming 'ice rinks'!!!!!

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 7, 2014

    I bet before this cold snap is over there will be many more.