The villages were a mess of burst pipes, with officers and fire department volunteers responding to numerous calls in both Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. Here's the list of cold-related calls in a series of super-cold days:
_What first came in as a call for a partial roof collapse, forwarded from NY State Police, on Cottage Place turned out to be the damage to interior ceiling sheet rock from a burst water pipe on Jan. 3 at 6:53 p.m. The fire department turned off the water supply at the main valve.
_The EF school, in Rita Hall, had an alarm activated from a broken steam pipe on Jan. 4 at 2:10 p.m.
_On Jan. 5 at 1:01 p.m., an alarm was sounding at the Castle Spa. The fire department found the property all locked and there was a broken sprinkler head in the spa. Officials notified the manager and property's security company.
_At 49 E. Sunnyside on Jan. 6 at 3:50 a.m., the caller reported a fire alarm sounding in the Mary Duke Ballroom. Officers reported the alarm was triggered by water leaking into a smoke detector.
_A Cobb Lane home had an active fire alarm on Jan. 7 at 8:32 p.m. from a burst pipe and water rushing into the home. The fire department was able to turn off the water and stop the flow.
_580 White Plains Road had a fire alarm go off and the fire department dispatched for what also turned out to be a broken sprinkler water pipe on Jan. 8 at 8:11 a.m.
_At 3:01 p.m. there was a strong odor of gas detected at 400 Benedict Avenue with a possible broken water pipe. The fire department confirmed there was a broken sprinkler pipe and the odor was from stagnant water from the pipe.
_A Sunhaven Court resident at 3:50 p.m. reported a burst pipe inside her house with water flowing. Officers turned off the water.
_The same Sunhaven Court resident at 4:52 reported the fire alarm was sounding and asked for the fire department came. The fire chief said this was likely an alarm malfunction from the burst pipe and all was okay.
and in Sleepy Hollow...
_A Kendall Way building had a fire alarm activated on Jan. 4 at 11:08 a.m. from a broken sprinkler or pipe.
_At 701 N. Broadway at 12:43 p.m. an alarm activated, again with the fire department dispatched, for what was a steam pipe that failed.
_Water was reported to be pouring from the bottom of the door at the Barnhardt Park bathroom on Jan. 6 at 3:15 p.m. The DPW responded for a burst pipe.
_An alarm was sounding at 226 Beekman on Jan. 7, 7:40 p.m., actually when some fire department members were in board meeting as a consultant made recommendations to the board about a new or repaired tower ladder. The fire department found a burst water pipe.
_A fire alarm on Jan. 8 at 4:16 p.m. at Riverside Drive was also from a frozen pipe that burst.
_Water was coming out of the sprinklers at 1 Evergreen Way with no apparent fire on Jan. 9 at 2:30 p.m. Police and fire departments came and reported water to the sprinklers was turned off and the staff was notified to call a plumber.
Though we're experiencing some relatively balmy degrees now, certainly winter is far from over.
Here are some helpful tips to protect your pipes from future freezes, care of Michigan Patch, and they out to know!