Hundreds of broken pipes reported during storm

Hundreds of broken pipes reported during storm

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Posted on February 9, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 9:07 AM

PORTLAND -- More than 700 homeowners have reported broken pipes to the Portland Water Bureau since snow and ice hit the metro area Thursday.

Crews have been responding to help homeowners protect their homes from permanent damage.

"We’ve seen a lot of residential pipes that are broken. We get calls from people at their homes,” said Ty Kovatch, with the Portland Water Bureau. “We go out and do emergency shut-offs for them to keep water from damaging their house."

In Southeast Portland, a water main burst at Southeast 20th Avenue and Powell Boulevard, sending water gushing into the streets.

Experts recommended taking the time to find out where your home's shut-off valve is located before you have a problem. They said it’s usually on the wall closest to the street.

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