Lubbock hoping to learn from damage reports after deep freeze - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock hoping to learn from damage reports after deep freeze

By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock officials are still getting new information on the damage caused by last week's winter weather.  The Lubbock Fire Department responded to 86 calls of burst water pipes between February 1st and February 7th. 

"The calls match what was happening with the weather," says Robert Loveless with the Lubbock Fire Marshal's office.  Loveless notes that the calls for help came at or right after the harshest cold hit the region with the volume of calls being the highest on February 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

In some cases the water created a fire hazard because it was near electric wiring.  In other cases it rendered the fire sprinklers out-of-commission and so buildings had to be put on special fire watch. 

Waterflow Fire Alarms During The Cold

Feb 1st  4
Feb 2nd  21
Feb 3rd  22
Feb 4th  28
Feb 5th  3
Feb 6th  3
Feb 7th  5

The Metro Tower was evacuated Friday for flooding on the 7th floor.  The Hastings location on 50th had a ceiling collapse Thursday because of burst water pipes.

The 86 calls do not include water main breaks like the one near 34th and Memphis that city officials said was a hazard to traffic.  

The Fire Marshal's office is conducting an informal inquiry to see beyond the obvious reason why the pipes burst.  Were they insulated?  Were they near an outside wall?  Had they been properly maintained? 

"That information could help out our inspectors," Loveless says. 

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