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Cold weather likely caused Indiana water tower to overflow

January 3, 2018

In this Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 photo, water overflows out of the Schererville water tower in Schererville, Ind. An official said frigid weather likely caused the water tower in northwestern Indiana to overflow. (Kale Wilk/The Times via AP)

SCHERERVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An official says frigid weather likely caused a water tower in northwestern Indiana to overflow.

Schererville’s Public Works Director Jeff Huet tells The (Northwest Indiana) Times a caller reported a possible leak at the tower Tuesday, but crews that checked it out found it overflowing. The overflow caused ice to form on the outside of the tower as water fell to the ground.

Huet says he suspects a valve in the bottom of the tower that monitors water levels wasn’t working properly due to ice.

In Munster, the fire department says the cold weather caused a pipe to burst and the ceiling to collapse Tuesday night at Hartsfield Village senior living facility. No one was injured, but crews moved about 10 residents to other sections of the facility.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.nwitimes.com

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