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Frozen pipes are causing big problems

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 1/10 8:41 pm
FULTON, Miss. (WTVA)-- told you earlier this week how the super-cold temperatures would affect water lines and pipes across the area. 

Now, it looks like what we reported is coming to pass as numerous residents are dealing with that problem right now.

It sounded like a helicopter landing inside of Rhonda Tucker's home in Fulton. But, it's a sound she doesn't mind listening to right now.

"This happened Tuesday afternoon. Nathan, our son, left the house about 10:30 I got here at 2:30," said Tucker. 

She's talking about a ruptured pipe in the roof of her bathroom that looks like severe cold weather has done its damage.

"When I opened the door, it sounded like the bathtubs were running full blast and I got to the hallway. When I stepped on the wooden floor it was floating. And a wave just went through the whole house," she said.

She says her insurance company responded quickly bringing a local restoration company to her rescue.

She's one of the lucky ones right now as the companies we've talked to have a waiting list.

"We're at over-capacity at this point. We're just doing the best we can to get to the homeowners."said Chris Scribner, the owner of a local Servicemaster Franchise.

Scribner says it's an unusual volume calls his company is receiving right now with similar problems.

"And it's not just with our company. It's with all the restoration companies that's experiencing the same call volume," said Scribner.

Right now, there are a ton of houses all over north Mississippi like Rhonda's.

One Tupelo insurance agent says he has some 1,000 homeowners insured and the call volume has increased. 

But, he says the worst may be still to come.

"I'm afraid it may not be over yet. Most of the damage, a lot of the damage, we've had have been pipes in the attic over carports and things like that," said Rich Potter of State Farm.

Rhonda Tucker says she can attest to the problems of frozen pipes, but it's a problem solved. 

"Its going to be ok. Ha, ha, ha,"she laughed.

Insurance agent Potter says his company is designating the pipe damage for its insured as a catastrophe claim.
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