Burst pipes blamed on bitter cold expected to keep Asheville City Hall closed rest of week

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — A burst pipe believed to have been caused by freezing weather led to an evacuation of Asheville City Hall and is expected to keep municipal offices closed for another day.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports () the pipe burst on the seventh floor in the middle of the day Thursday.

City spokeswoman Dawa Hitch said customer service calls can still be made Friday and will be transferred to an answering service. All city facilities, with the exception of City Hall, will operate as normal on Friday. Public safety and water service will not be affected by Friday's closure.

All city board and commission meetings scheduled for Friday are canceled.

Across the state, school systems either delayed the start of classes or canceled classes entirely because of the cold temperatures.

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