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Businesses flooded as water pipes freeze

A Cressy St, Deniliquin business had 1000 litres of water drop into it on Sunday, after below freezing temperatures caused water pipes to break.

TYLA HARRINGTON August 5, 2014 3:30am

At least four Deniliquin businesses were flooded at the weekend after below freezing temperatures caused water pipes to break.

Works manager with Deni Works Jim Grant said the -2.1°C on Saturday and -3.5°C on Sunday — the coldest August temperature on record in Deniliquin — caused the water to freeze and led to several water pipes expanding and cracking.

Mr Grant said he was aware of four businesses which had flooded, while at least five homes lost water supply because their water had frozen.

Two vacant shops in the CBD had water running out their front doors on Sunday. Both had cracked water pipes in the ceiling.

One of the buildings, which was home to the Crazy Clarks franchise until it closed last week, had 1000 litres of water drop into it.

Council phoned TLC Real Estate owner Trent Lloyd when it was alerted to the flooding.

‘‘We had it fixed on Sunday, thankfully,’’ Mr Lloyd said.

‘‘Three-quarters of the floor was covered in an inch of water and probably 10 metres by eight metres of the roof caved in. It has to be replaced and so does the floor.

‘‘There’s a fair bit of damage. When I received the call I thought there would be some water but not that much.

‘‘We were there for two to three hours on Sunday.’’

Mr Grant said the pipes which did crack were mostly aged.

‘‘This is common when we get temperatures that cold,’’ Mr Grant said.

‘‘In some cases there was significant ceiling damage.’’

Elders Real Estate principal Lester Wheatley said it was especially common for pipes on roofs that don’t have insulation to break.

‘‘We had a vacant shop Sunday afternoon that was affected but there was no damage,’’ Mr Wheatley said.

‘‘Some of the shops in the CBD have no water meters because they weren’t installed, and if you don’t have a water meter you can’t turn it off when you get a break — so that’s concerning.’’

Mr Wheatley encouraged people with exposed pipes on their roof to have them covered.

Deniliquin Council director technical services Mark Dalzell also advised people to check their insulation.

‘‘Having insulation on pipes will help stop them from cracking ... it’s about the best thing they can do for their own pipes,’’ he said.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology’s online historical data, the lowest ever recorded temperature for Deniliquin in August before the weekend was -3.4°C, on August 6, 1974.

The lowest ever recorded temperature for June was -5.1°C on June 24, 1949 and the lowest for July is recorded as -4.9°C on July 11, 1958.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology the long-term average minimum temperature for August is 4.2°C.

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