Weather & water make for expensive mix

By Anthony Antoine | aantoine@wcia.com

Published 01/09 2014 11:26AM

Updated 01/09 2014 11:32AM

URBANA -- Workers and their quick-thinking limited water damage to an area recreation center. Temperatures are on the rise, but they didn't come up fast enough for several business owners. Many pipes froze, then burst. It's putting a costly burden on businesses.

Crews were busy cleaning up the damage. As expected, pipes burst inside and outside because of the change in temperature. It's creating business for restoration companies, but it's costing homeowners and businesses.

Wednesday, employees walking into the Phillips Recreation Center found water gushing from the ceiling. Employees acted quickly and turned off the water. They spent all day cleaning up the damage, but things could have been a lot worse.

Pipes burst in at least three other homes or businesses in the area. At an apartment complex in Champaign, a sprinkler system broke ruining furniture, clothing and carpeting.

The Tower at Third on campus also had flooding, plus a vacant store next to Schnuck's had flooding causing nearby businesses to go without water.

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