Historic Winter Storms Cause Frozen and Burst Pipes in Southern U.S.

Historic Winter Storms Cause Frozen and Burst Pipes in Southern U.S.

Disaster Alert
February 25, 2021

Source: USA Today

Additional Resources:

KATV ABC 7 (Arkansas Homeowners See Burst Pipes and Flooded Homes from Winter Season)
KFOR NBC 4 (Hundreds of Oklahomans Working to Clean Water Damage from Burst Pipes)
WMBF (‘We Need Some Help:’ Flooding in Bucksport Community Forces Residents Out of Their Homes)

 

Arkansas

– Jacksonville (Pulaski County)

Oklahoma

– Guthrie (Logan County)
– Oklahoma City (Oklahoma County)

Texas

– Abilene (Taylor, Jones Counties)
– Austin (Travis, Hays, Williamson Counties)
– Dallas (Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, Rockwall Counties)
– El Paso (El Paso County)
– Houston (Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery Counties)
– Killeen (Bell County)
– San Marcos (Hays County)
– Tyler (Smith County)

South Carolina

– Bucksport (Horry County)

A historic cold snap in Texas left millions of residents without power in freezing weather, many of whom will soon face costly flood damage, even as rising temperatures offer a respite from the cold.

Reports of frozen and burst water pipes in Texas homes and businesses are widespread, and the upcoming thaw may further open the floodgates – quite literally, experts said.

“It is going to be crazy for a little while down there,” said Paul Abrams, director of public relations at Roto-Rooter Plumbing and Water Cleanup. “I would bet it’s pretty similar to the effects of a hurricane.”

In parts of the country that typically get  freezing temperatures, walls are built thicker and with more insulation, and pipes may be several feet underground or run up through a basement to protect them, Abrams said. In Texas, where pipes are typically weatherized to handle the summer heat, more are on exterior walls or in attics.

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