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In the North Bay, temperatures in the teens early Thursday morning set a record and left a wet mess.
While many exposed pipes were insulated to prevent freezing, the extreme cold in Napa caused interior pipes to burst.
"Water started coming down the walls,” property owner George Blevins told KTVU, as he surveyed the damage to a duplex he rents behind his home.
A new tenant was due to move in this weekend. But as big fans whirred, and a technician used a moisture detector to find flood damage, it seemed likely the move-in would be delayed. Still, Blevins was glad his wife noticed the leak early, before damage spread too far.
"It was a cold puppy, very cold, real cold last night," he said.
The copper pipe, even shielded by the attic, had an inch long crack in it, from the waters expansion which occurs when it freezes. The risk is even greater for pipes exposed to outside air, which is why plumbers recommend wrapping them in insulation. Some homeowners also let their faucets drip throughout the night to prevent pipes leaking.
"Yeah as long as it's flowing, it shouldn't freeze,” said Carey Creech, owner of Valley Plumbing. "But why waste the water, if you insulate it right."
Foam insulation was a popular item at one of Napa's longtime hardware stores.
"Nothing burst, but we had a pool of frozen water at our pipes, an inch thick,” landlord Jill Johnson told KTVU as she purchased insulation tubes and tape. "And at work, in several of the classrooms, the pipes froze. So we had classrooms that didn't have any water for a couple of hours while we waited for them to thaw."
To minimize the flood and damage from a burst pipe, catch it early by listening for unusual water movement.
"You should listen to all that stuff," Zeller's ACE Hardware Manager Tim Beards told KTVU. "Turn off all the TVs and stereos and listen for that noise, of water flow, and if you hear it, you should go inspect."
Plumbers expect outdoor pipes to freeze but not as often, indoor pipes. Wine Country’s little taste of Tahoe Thursday was certainly the big talker in town.Thu, 05 Dec 2013 23:10:40 -0800
On Thursday students and staff at West Valley College had to bundle up not only outside but inside too after PG&E ordered the campus to reduce its natural gas consumption.
PG&E says they ordered West Valley to reduce their consumption by 25 percent so the utility company could meet increased demand in the area.
According to a notice sent out by school officials, the temperature in all buildings had to be lowered to 68 degrees. The notice warned the temperature could drop even lower in some areas.
Counselor Carol Pavan told KTVU she could feel the difference.
"Most of us wore layers of clothes and part of the day, we had to keep our coats on," said Pavan.
PG&E officials say the utility has a contract with West Valley College that offers lower rates in exchange for reducing gas and electricity usage during peak demand. The order to cut back was only for Thursday, but there was no official word about whether it would have to take the same measures again on Friday.
West Valley controlled thermostats in its buildings on Thursday from a central computer, so the temperature could not be changed.Thu, 05 Dec 2013 22:44:26 -0800
An Oakland man says he was brutally attack while riding aboard an AC transit bus Wednesday night. Anthony Lindsey says the attack happened when the bus came to a stop on First Avenue near Lake Merritt.
Lindsey tells KTVU he believes he was a victim of the Knockout Game. He says his attacker hit him for no reason and didn’t seem to be out to rob him.
"It was clear since he wanted nothing of mine. Nothing that I owned that's what it felt like. It felt like I was trying to be knocked out," Lindsey said.
Officials say the so-called game involves punching an unsuspected victim, so hard that they’ll be knocked out. The dangerous game has been in national headlines several times recently. Some are calling it an epidemic while others say it’s not real.
In Lindsey's case he was hit at least seven times before his attacker ran away.
"There was like three (punches) I took to the jaw, and I can't believe my teeth are not loose," the victim tells KTVU.
Lindsey received two stitches to his lip, and still has several bruises on his face.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the attack as an assault.
Lindsey had some harsh words for his attackers.
"It's not funny, and if you were trying to knock me out you didn't do it. If it is a game, and called the knock out game. I think I won," he said.
Authorities with AC Transit did not return KTVU’s calls regarding the incident.Thu, 05 Dec 2013 22:30:08 -0800 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories