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Memphis crews respond to dozens of pipe burst calls in one day

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Water spewed from a home on Brantford Avenue in East Memphis. Water spewed from a home on Brantford Avenue in East Memphis.

(WMC-TV) - Memphis fire crews responded to between 80 and 100 pipe burst calls Tuesday.

Just like a can of soda expands when it freezes, so does water. If it expands too much the pipes burst.

It was a lesson some Mid-Southerners learned the hard way. The Memphis Fire Department was inundated with calls from residents whose pipes could not handle the pressure.

Water spewed from a home on Brantford Avenue in East Memphis. And on Egan and Elgin drives where a water line break sent water onto the streets. An outside spicket break at a Crestwood Drive home sent massive amounts of water down the street for blocks.

Meteorologist blame the polar vortex for the cold temperatures creating issues across the country.

Issues are affecting places like Flowood, Miss. Flowood's public works officials say a heat strip on the side of the town's water tower froze. The signal to shut off the water was not sent due to an electrical communication issue, and it sent tons of water spewing onto the streets leaving a security fence covered with icicles.

The Ronald McDonald House in Nashville sustained $150,000 in damage Tuesday when a sprinkler on the third floor burst. Water shot everywhere. It flowed from the third floor down to the basement. Thirteen rooms were damaged.

The families affected will have another place to stay Tuesday.

West Memphis, Ark. remained without water as of Tuesday night. The outage was weather-related mechanical issues, according to officials.

The utility department said they had to shut off water Tuesday night to replace a pump. Water should be restored before early Wednesday morning.

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