County res­i­dents ad­just to frigid temps

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Newton County res­i­dents have had to ad­just quickly to frigid tem­per­a­tures that plunged be­low 10 degress Mon­day and Tues­day nights.

The fol­low­ing are up­dates on lo­cal weather-re­lated is­sues:

Wa­ter pipes

Res­i­dents should be on the look­out as wa­ter pipes are be­gin­ning to break more fre­quently as the cold spell lasts longer. Cov­ing­ton Fire Mar­shall Capt. Tony Smith said the fire depart­ment has had 10 calls in the last three hours but said calls are “con­stantly com­ing in now” as of just af­ter 4 p.m.

Mike Hop­kins, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Newton County Wa­ter and Sewerage Au­thor­ity, said cus­tomer calls have started com­ing in.

“How­ever, I sus­pect tomorrow will see an in­crease in calls of busted pipes as the tem­per­a­ture gets into the mid 40’s,” Hop­kins said, say­ing leaks will be­come no­tice­able as wa­ter un­freezes. “As of now we are pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to the home­owner by help­ing them turn their wa­ter ser­vice off un­til re­pairs can be made by phone or in per­son if they are un­able to shut the wa­ter off at the me­ter.”

Hop­kins’ ad­vice: “Be on the look­out for leaks,;cut the wa­ter off at the me­ter. If un­able to cut the wa­ter off, call wa­ter util­ity to whom you pay your bill, and call a plumber.”

Cov­ing­ton Deputy City Man­ager Billy Bouch­illon said the city has had around 25 calls to­day about busted pipes. The calls have been spread out, but the Stone Ridge sub­di­vi­sion off Flat Shoals Road has been hit harder than most sub­di­vi­sions, Bouch­illon said.

Snap­ping Shoals EMC

Roughly 300 cus­tomers of Snap­ping Shoals EMC have ex­pe­ri­enced power out­ages. and crews are work­ing to change around 35 un­der­ground trans­form­ers that went bad overnight due to the cold weather, spokes­woman Leigh Anne Burgess said Tues­day morn­ing.

Newton County Fire

“Quite a few” trees blew down through­out the night, ac­cord­ing to Fire Chief Kevin O’Brien.

Cov­ing­ton Fire

Get­ting more calls for break­ing wa­ter pipes Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Newton iff’s Of­fice County Sher

No weather-re­lated is­sues re­ported.

Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Dept.

No weather-re­lated is­sues re­ported. Cap­tain Ken Mal­com said the traf­fic was “ex­tremely light.”

So­cial Cir­cle

A few older homes had frozen pipes; no other weather-re­lated is­sues re­ported, of­fi­cials said.

City of Cov­ing­ton

No weather-re­lated is­sues re­ported.

Ox­ford

No weather-re­lated is­sues re­ported.

Por­terdale

No weather-re­lated is­sues re­ported.

Parts of Turner Lake froze over early Tues­day morn­ing as tem­per­a­tures dipped be­low 10 de­grees. Newton County res­i­dents were met with frozen wa­ter pipes and cars un­will­ing to crank in the freez­ing cold.

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