Thousands of gallons of water pour into Oklahoma Turnpike Authority office

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Thousands of gallons of water went pouring into the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority office Sunday.

"A hundred thousand gallons of water had already spilled in the building," said Jack Damrill, communications director for the OTA.

Damrill said cold temperatures caused the fire sprinkler system to burst.

"It's just amazing. Water poured out of there in a short amount of time," Damrill said.

The water didn't just stop on the main floor; it kept flowing through cracks and the ceiling, spilling through offices on the first floor.

"We've had to relocate a couple of people to some different offices," Damrill said.

Damrill said, because it was clean water flooding the office space, the agency should be able to save the carpet; as for the ceiling, not so much.

"Just one of those inconveniences from cold weather. You don't expect for it to happen to you but, unfortunately, it did for us," Damrill said.

Collin Frayser, owner of Cherokee Plumbing, said Turnpike Authority's office isn't the only one dealing with frozen pipes. The company has been flooded with calls.

"We had a few calls over the weekend, but today we had several calls," Frayser said. "Our customers who have copper pipes are more likely to have a burst pipe than our customers who have a plastic PEX of pipe."

Frayser said, when it gets below freezing, homeowners should always have their heat on, let their faucets drip and detach the water hose from the outdoor spigot.

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