Amid Tuesday’s sub-freezing temperatures, an underground pipe broke, sending water (and eventually ice) onto Crown Street.
A South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority supervisor, Tim Parks, arrived on the scene around 3 p.m. and arranged for a crew to come dig up the street and fix the pipe. The break occurred in front of Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill.
“It’s happening way too often today,” said Parks, who was on his third such call. He advised people at home to keep thermostats higher than usually, especially in rooms with pipes vulnerable to the outside cold; and to keep a faucet at a trickle if you live in a cottage or other poorly insulated quarters.
“A flowing river rarely freezes,” he said, “as opposed to a pond.”
Meanwhile, the water authority workers had a tip for keeping themselves warm out in the frigid air: jumping jacks.