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Temperature Change Creates Mess

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Sub-zero weather is creating quite the headache for local businesses, like the Billings Job Service.

The drop in temperature caused a fire sprinkler to freeze and burst at the Billings Job Service over the weekend. Even though the warmer weather seems like good news to most, it's the rise in temperature that creates such a mess.

They're still taking calls but partially shut down. After 3,000 gallons of water dumped on the floor of the Billings Job Service over the weekend, staff are busy mopping up the mess, but relieved it wasn't much worse. "I immediately felt relieved, because there wasn't water pouring from the ceiling. I immediately knew it was a floor issue only. I pretty much knew our biggest assets were our computers, copy machines and expensive equipment and knew we were okay," Billings Job Service, Manager, Ryan Van Ballegooyen said.

The Big Sky Disaster Restoration Crew is busy airing out the walls by drilling holes at the base, vacuuming debris, and keeping everything dry. Despite the inconvenience, company owner, Dick Collum said there's no need to panic. "They don't know what to do when they first call us. It's enjoyable to bring them to a place where they know and everything is okay," Collum said.

Collum said the forecaster warmer weather isn't good news for property owners."When it starts loosening up that's usually when things start breaking loose. There will probably be a greater surge of calls over the next 24 hours than we have received so far," Collum said.

Crews said even though nearly five inches of water accumulated at the Billings Job Service, the only damaged property turned out to be the surge protectors which computers were plugged into. Collum said if a pipe bursts in your home or business, you should immediately turn off the water main, call a professional and try to dry the affected are.

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