Burst waterline at Primary Care due to arctic temps

Amelia Holliday Staff Reporter

January 8, 2014

HAZARD—After multiple days of record low temperatures in the region, some establishments in Hazard are now seeing the long-term effects of the subzero temperatures.

Patients and employees at Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky in Hazard found themselves swimming in deep waters after a waterline burst Tuesday afternoon, flooding multiple administration rooms in the building.

Hazard Fire Chief Sam Stacy said an alarm call came in just after 2 p.m., and first responders knew almost immediately what the issue was upon arrival at the scene.

“We just tried to figure out what it was, whether it was a sprinkler system going off or something like that because a lot of the times when you get an alarm like this from a place it can be from water flow, so we were just making sure it wasn’t anything fire related,” Stacy explained.

Stacy said the waterline was in the ceiling of the older part of the building, and though some people had to be relocated to another part of the building, no patients were injured.

“I think they were just moved to the other part of the building to keep them from getting wet,” he said, adding that within 30 minutes the water was turned off and a plumber was called in to fix the problem.

Stacy explained that the pipe likely burst due to the recent drop in temperatures.

“There was a difference in the temperature between the actual office and up where the waterlines were, so we’re thinking it’s going to be related to the cold,” he said.

This is not an uncommon issue for this time of year, Stacy said, especially since the area has seen temperatures in the negatives recently. He added that a similar incident had occurred at the Peking Chinese Restaurant on Main Street in Hazard on Wednesday.

“You’ll probably see more waterline breaks now that the water is starting to warm up because of the lines that were frozen are thawing out,” Stacy explained. “You’ll see it a lot more with regular waterlines, maybe not residential, but just public lines.”