by: Dave Faherty Updated:WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C. —
Broken water lines caused major problems in the mountains.
Temperatures dipped to minus 10 degrees and never got out of the single digits.
A Rite Aid store remained closed three hours after a water line broke with water still on the floor.
Firefighters used squeegees to push out 2 inches of water after a sprinkler line froze and then broke Tuesday morning.
Across town at the same time, a large line feeding a sprinkler system at a motel burst sending water more than 20 feet in the air.
Within 30 minutes, much of the parking lot looked like a skating rink.
Firefighters said they were surprised by the breaks.
They said normally they have most of their problems as the temperature warms above freezing.