Water line breaks flood Lexington Fire Department with calls

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington firefighters continue to deal with a number of calls concerning water pipes breaking all over town.

A water main break happened on Cardinal Lane just after 10:00 Thursday morning. It's was around the twentieth call that firefighters had gotten about a water issue already.

Crews responded to 98 of these types of calls on Wednesday. While firefighters say that number will likely be less on Thursday, water problems continue to flow.

The below zero temperatures felt earlier this week froze and broke pipes. As temperatures begin to rise, and ice turns to water, breaks like this are becoming all too common.

"By this point in time if there's a break in the line, it's going to leak," says Mark Hawkins, Lexington firefighter. "I would just suggest people learn where their water shut off is inside the home because if we come out we generally shut it off in the street. That can prevent a lot of damage if you can cut it off yourself.”

Firefighters believe the number of incidents like this will continue to go down over the next few days.

Several teams of firefighters are assigned to respond to water issues around Lexington throughout the day.

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