'Brutal cold' blamed for Raleigh water main break

Posted January 2, 2018 5:48 a.m. EST
Updated January 2, 2018 7:46 a.m. EST

— A water main break near downtown Raleigh shut down a portion of the road on Tuesday, and crews said the bitter cold is likely to blame for the mess.

Crews were working to repair the break at 578 E. Cabarrus Street at Swane Street, just east of downtown Raleigh early on Tuesday. The road reopened by 6:30 a.m.

Workers said the intense cold weather caused a pipe to burst, shooting water 4 feet off the ground.

Crews repaired the break, but, to prevent ice build-up, they have covered the road in salt.

A water main break can occur at any time during the year, but when temperatures drop into the 20s and teens, pipes become especially vulnerable.

In the past four days, other water main breaks have closed streets in Raleigh and in Durham.