This weekend brings a welcome change in the weather.
But a nice weekend means a busy one for the people who keep the water
Quick answer: broken water pipes. Some areas were in the single digits yesterday and we'll be in the high 50s tomorrow.
That dramatic change in such a small window is too much to handle for some pipes.
"We knew that this was going to be a busy day," said Sarah Baumgardner with the Western Virginia Water Authority.
It doesn't take too much brainpower to realize that this doesn't look quite right.
Baumgardner says Friday morning was all hands on deck.
"Over the past week we've had four crews on call to respond to the break and this morning all four crews are out working," said said.
In order to make the fix, crews need to shut the water down on either side of the street. Once the water is shut off, it'll will stop flowing out of the pipe.
After a bunch of digging, they'll figure out exactly what and where the problem is.
The Water Authority knows that temperatures are about to go up and they'll likely be even busier than they were today.
"The warmup after a really deep freeze increases the number of breaks and this seems to be a very sudden warmup," Baumgardner said.
The pipe we saw today was on Cedarhurst Avenue in Roanoke and was fixable with a clamp. Crews cleaned the area around it, bolted it on, and it's as good as new.
On average, it takes the four man crews around a half hour to make the the fix and patch it up.
As of 5 p.m. on Friday, the Water Authority was dealing with seven broken pipes. They're expecting many more on Saturday when temperatures climb higher.