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Freezing temperatures cause property damage

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) -Freezing temperatures cancelled school, shut down the justice system and left plenty of places drenched in water. After temperatures dipped below zero Sunday night, many woke up to an icy, slushy, wet surprise.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- Freezing temperatures cancelled school, shut down the justice system and left plenty of places drenched in water. After temperatures dipped below zero Sunday night, many woke up to an icy, slushy, wet surprise.

Monday didn’t make for a typical day at the Union building at Weber State University. Black bags covered the electronics.

“Pressurized fire line had broken and was sending water down ceiling. Students were out but the water continued down into the first floor especially into the administrative areas of the campus store,” said Weber State University’s Allison Barlow-Hess.

Student weren’t hurt. The books and wildcat gear were spared, but there’s plenty to clean-up.

“They brought are crew of about 20 to take care of the clean up and they'll work as long as it takes until we're ready to open up the store,” said Barlow-Hess.

And the day began with a wet and cold starts at the Farmington Courthouse.

“Our control system for our heating and cooling kind of went whack on us this morning,” said Sylvester Daniels, Jr.

And it started drawing in cold air. Ultimately, the fire alarm sprinklers went off.

“We have a lot of water on the floor, we had some equipment damage, basically from water spraying out of the sprinkler head,” said Daniels, Jr.

And that same chill, iced over a boiler coil at Highland Junior High School in Ogden. That froze out more than 800 students for the day while maintenance crews worked to get the heating system back online.

All of these incidents send a strong message about frozen pipes.

“I know what I’m going to do is go home and open up the pipes. You don’t' think about this happening in a major building,” said Barlow-Hess.

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