Frozen pipes cause flooding at Novell building

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PROVO -- A Provo technology firm had to evacuate its employees after a water main broke Wednesday morning. It happened at the Novell campus just east of Interstate 15 at 1800 South.

At 11:45, the fire water main burst open and flooded the lobby with a couple inches of water. Employees were evacuated to the cafeteria as a safety precaution.

The pipe burst in an area of the building surrounded by glass, possibly making it more vulnerable to cold temperatures.

"Overnight, it got significantly cold enough that there was water that sat there for a bit, froze, expanded and, by this morning, broke through," said Novell spokeswoman Amie Johnson.

Johnson said Novell isn't sure how much the damage will cost the company. She said company officials are working on fixing the pipe.

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