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Water main breaks, burst pipes cause disruptions in Michigan

February 1, 2019
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Snow coats a building along Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor, Mich., Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Southwest Michigan residents continue to deal with blowing and drifting snow, as well as subzero temperatures on Thursday. (Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)

DETROIT (AP) — Water main breaks and burst pipes due to bitterly cold temperatures have disrupted operations at a Detroit court, university buildings and other places around Michigan.

The 36th District Court is closed Friday amid flooding caused by a burst pipe due to this week’s subzero temperatures. A restoration company will work through the weekend to get the court ready to reopen Monday.

Sprinkler lines burst in two buildings at Wayne State University in Detroit due to the cold.

In suburban Detroit, the Kresge Library at Oakland University was closed Friday due to flooding caused by a water main break. In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the OK was given Thursday in Escanaba to resume using water after a water main break.

More such problems are expected amid a rapid thaw. A flood warning remains in effect along the Muskegon River in western Michigan due to an ice jam .

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