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CFPUA: Cold weather leads to water main break

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Just like water pipes in your house may break when the temperatures dip below freezing, sometimes water lines in the ground can't handle the cold.

While the cold weather may get you into the Christmas spirit, it could also steal your joy by causing inconveniences for motorists and businesses because of water line breaks.

"It is affecting our business, because we're somewhat inaccessible," said Wayne Rhodes, of Albert Rhodes Jewelry. "The road signs are right in front that say the street's closed. You can actually come in a side entrance, but a lot of people don't know that."

Floral Parkway from Park to Peachtree is back open after an iron water line broke Friday morning.

"The nature of the water lines that exist in this area, they have a tendency to expand and contract particularly in this kind of weather," CFPUA spokeswoman Carey Ricks said.

Repair crews said there's not much they can do to prevent the breaks, because expansion and contraction happen to all materials. Ricks said workers are on call at all hours to respond to breaks, because there are many factors that can cause one.

"It depends on the weather conditions. It depends on activity going on around the water line. It depends on the size of the line, the material of the line, the age of the line," Ricks said.

Ricks said workers try to keep the water "under pressure," which means they try to keep water flowing through lines while working on them.

Rhodes said his store's water was not turned off Friday morning, but the parking lot was blocked.

"If it happens, it happens, I guess," he said.

The CFPUA says if you see a barricade in the road, it's there for your safety, and you should not attempt go around it.

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