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Freezing temperatures cause Upstate pipes to burst, flood

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A frozen pipe is repaired in the Amrheins' home. (Jan. 7, 2014/FOX Carolina) A frozen pipe is repaired in the Amrheins' home. (Jan. 7, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Firefighters respond to the Garden District Apartments Tuesday after water that flooded out from pipes. (Jan. 7, 2014/FOX Carolina) Firefighters respond to the Garden District Apartments Tuesday after water that flooded out from pipes. (Jan. 7, 2014/FOX Carolina)
SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Plumbers across the region have gotten hundreds of calls from homeowners and businesses with frozen pipes that have burst, causing flooding.

They know, though, that the worst may be yet to come.

Fire crews in Simpsonville responded to the Garden District Apartments Tuesday after water that flooded out from pipes in the attic damaged at least nine units, according to Simpsonville Fire Chief Wesley Williams.

Water from those pipes rushed out onto the street but froze as soon as it hit the outside air. Because the region didn't get above freezing temperatures, there may be a lot of people whose pipes have frozen and burst, but won't flood until Wednesday when it gets warmer.

Off Batesville Road, Carolyn and Jim Amrhein consider themselves lucky that their porch froze over after an upstairs pipe burst but flooded outside rather than in their living room.

Roto Rooter crews arrived to the Amrheins for an emergency fix before they return Wednesday to replace the burst copper pipe.

Plumbing technician Eric Gilbert said that he and his co-workers had been going non-stop throughout the day and expected to have a late night. He said there are already 60 calls that need their response on hold for Wednesday morning.

It's the third water break the Amrheins have dealt with at their home.

"Unfortunately when the water was done in this house, there were a lot of exposed pipes that were run outside in areas that were basically exposed to outside temperatures," said Jim Amrhein.

He said that over the years, he's wrapped most of his outdoor pipes in electrical tape to keep them warm, but they didn't know about the one that burst over his front porch Tuesday afternoon.

Williams reminds people to make sure their pipes are insulated.

"[People] need to drip their faucets," Williams said. "Just have a little drip come down the faucet. That will help keep their line from freezing."

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