LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - The subzero temperatures forced an entire strip mall to shut down operations after several frozen pipes burst, leaving businesses with expensive damages and no running water.
Plumbers like Jason Graham usually don't try to guess what they'll be stepping into. However, on this call, the flooded floors are a sure sign of what he'll get. He's been swamped with scenarios just like this.
"I worked until 9 o'clock last night on frozen pipes, so yeah we've been busy," Graham said.
All it takes is for a frozen pipe to burst, spewing out gallons of water and causing thousands of dollars' worth of damage.
"This one is in a pretty tough spot so it's not going to be an easy one to fix," he said.
The busted pipe left a market at the Bayberry Shopping Center in Lee's Summit without water. It also forced neighboring shops like Pizza Street to shut down.
"We've lost a lot of customers that would have normally come in," Jan Presler said, a manager at the restaurant.
Not only was it their prime lunch hour, but it was the second day in a row they had to deal with frozen pipes.
"Our prepper went home, our cook didn't get to work so it's costing not only our business but our employees," Presler said.
There are a few things you can do to prevent pipes from freezing. Graham recommends making sure your home or business is properly heated.
"Leave your water on a steady trickle so the waters constantly moving, when the waters constantly moving it won't freeze," he said.
It's going to take Graham hours to fix the mess then it's off to the next.
"It's been pretty bad because of the temperatures dropping so low," he said.