Bitter cold bursts pipes, floods Tahoe casinos

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Updated: 1/15/2013 12:41 pm

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) -- Lake Tahoe casinos are cleaning up after plunging temperatures did a number on their sprinkler pipes.

Tahoe-Douglas Fire Marshal Eric Geuvin says crews started responding to flooding Monday morning and kept busy all day as the mercury dipped to 11 degrees below zero.

Guevin says pipes burst at Harrah's casino and send thousands of gallons into the main, 18-story tower and a high-roller gambling area. He says flooding temporarily disabled the elevators.

Two sprinkler heads broke at Harvey's casino, and another broken pipe sent water into the loading dock at the Horizon casino. At the MontBleu, an antifreeze system meant to prevent pipe breakage froze.

No injuries have been reported.

Guevin says sprinkler systems are meant to save lives and property, but are challenged by this week's bitter cold.

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