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Weather conditions cause uptick in bursting pipes

Woodburn Fire District has received multiple calls lately regarding pipes bursting due to recent weather conditions, including 11 commercial calls and six residential calls on Dec. 8.

“There were some businesses that actually had some significant property loss because of the burst pipe,” Woodburn Fire Chief Paul Iverson said last week. “We’ve kind of continued into this week running calls—the same kind of thing.”

Although still open for business, Ruiz Bridal located on Young Street had a pipe burst called in Tuesday at 10:05 a.m., which resulted in about $30,000 worth of damaged dresses, ceramic décor and cake tops. The estimate of property damage is yet to be determined by State Farm Insurance.

The occurrence of the pipe burst was between Sunday evening and Monday, as owner Salvador Ruiz walked into his already-damaged shop. The ending estimate on total amount of damaged items has not been stated, as Ruiz continues to sort through items.

Persisting phone calls remain regarding this seasonal issue.

Country Meadows Village, located on 155 Evergreen Road, called in two occurrences of bursting frozen sprinkler pipes on the second floor last week, the first on Monday night and then a second time on Thursday afternoon.

“The most we have done right now is get the wet carpet out just until the insurance gets out here,” said Executive Director Diane Matheny. “The good news is we’re fine and managing everything fine.”

Due to no current estimation on damage, Iverson mentions it’s fairly substantial.

Though the sprinkler system has been fixed, other damages will take time to get repaired. However, Matheny looks at this incident as a time to be thankful for Woodburn Fire District’s service.

“They were out here right away. They helped us with the clean-up,” she said. “I’ve just been amazed at this community.”




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