Freezing temps cause pipes to burst
Freezing temperatures caused some major and minor issues in High Point on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Sprinkler system pipes burst at High Point University in the School of Communication around 2 p.m. Tuesday and in the School of Education around 3 a.m. Wednesday. Both incidents caused minor office damage. Classes in the School of Communication were canceled after 2 p.m. Tuesday but resumed Wednesday morning. Classes in the School of Education building resumed there Wednesday at noon.
HPU’s pipes weren’t the only casualty of the cold. According to WXII-12 News, the cold weather caused a sprinkler pipe to freeze and burst at Palladium Park Apartments between Eastchester Drive and Wendover Avenue around 8 p.m.
The burst pipe caused the apartment building to partially collapse, but there were no major injuries. People living in the affected building were allowed back inside to get their things, but they are not allowed to stay there for now.
Forecasters say conditions improved Wednesday after record-breaking cold.
Temperatures early Wednesday ranged from 7 degrees in Reidsville to 28 degrees in Hatteras. Unlike Tuesday, winds are mostly calm, meaning there is no significant wind chill effect.
There are far fewer power outages, as well. Duke Energy reported only about 600 customers in western North Carolina without service Wednesday morning. The utility reported only about 130 customers without service in the area previously served by Progress Energy. Thousands of people lost service Tuesday.
Temperatures return to normal today with a high of 43 degrees and a low of 33 with light wind and a 20 percent chance of rain tonight.