High winds and low temps cause problems for residents and motorists

By Beau Ebenezer

February 19, 2013 Updated Feb 19, 2013 at 11:28 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Two trucks were completely overturned Tuesday, possibly due to the 20 to 30 mile per hour winds chilling Central Illinois.

IDOT crews worked to clear I-474 near Farmington Rd. for most of the evening after the second semi of the day overturned, spilling grain across the roadway.

However, the harsh wind wasn't only affecting drivers.

Owner of Reading and Son Plumbing, James Reading, said more than half a dozen people called about frozen pipes. Those pipes could eventually cause even more problems when the weather warms up.

"There may not be a big issue today because it is frozen, but tomorrow if it gets above freezing, it will thaw," said Reading. "Some of the pipes are copper, plastic or a softer metal. The pipes will thaw out, and there might be a hole in it. It will then leak out all over the place."

Professionals say to keep a closer eye on copper piping in newer homes because they are more susceptible to bursting.

To prevent freezing, you can leave a stream of water running in your sink no wider than a pencil. If your pipes do freeze, be sure to turn off your water immediately to allow the pipes to thaw.

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