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Freezing temperatures caused burst pipes at HBCUs

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Several popular historical black universities scramble to repair damaged plumbing after unusually cold temperatures led to ruptures in water pipes.

Howard University, Jackson State University, Tuskegee University, and Alcorn State University work to fix water systems and buildings.

Multiple buildings at Howard University lost heat when steam from boilers hit frozen pipes, causing them to split . As a result, steam leaked through concrete, ceilings and walls. Three buildings must undergo serious remediation and mold removal. Like Jackson State, classes were put on hold.

At Jackson State, officials postponed the start of the spring semester due burst pipes that led to flooding in dorms and dozens of classrooms.

About a 77 miles south, Alcorn State suffered a similar fate. Ruptured pipes caused water damage in one of the school dorms.

As well, clean up from flooding from exploding water mains at Tuskegee is also underway at Tuskegee.

Freezing Temperature, Future Warnings

Across the south, frigid temperatures affected water systems in multiple cities. Public Works throughout the South worked around the clock to get cities back on track.

In Mississippi’s capital, Jackson, lawmakers could not flush toilet, which resulted to their use of portable toilets. In Birmingham, burst pipes spilled tons of water outside which quickly turned into slippery ice coating streets.

As well, the city of Atlanta shut down parts of its water systems due to water main breaks.

With the blast of Arctic air during the bomb cyclone resulted in areas that are usually warmer in winter to put together future plans.

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