Burst pipes plague South County homes, schools and businesses

GREAT BARRINGTON — Local families and business owners saw firsthand how the frigid weather can impact their plumbing after two prominent cases of burst pipes over the past week, and Great Barrington’s fire chief said residents should take extra precautions in the coming days as some pipes currently frozen are likely to thaw.

“All you need is a tiny air leak in the insulation or a door being left open and it quickly freezes over,” Fire Chief Charles Burger said on Tuesday. “Even just a little mouse burrowing in (the insulation) over the summer is enough to pop a hole that will freeze a pipe that hadn’t frozen in the past.”

Burger said he’d answered three calls of burst pipes in the past few days and that he expects more to come.

On Tuesday and Wednesday school was canceled at Muddy Brook Regional Elementary School due to a pipe burst on the third floor near the school’s main stairwell.

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