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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Slightly warmer temperatures Tuesday are leading to burst pipes all over the Mid-South.     

The city of Memphis had to close a downtown library because of flooding and a water main break caused problems in Bartlett.

Several families are out of their homes tonight as burst pipes soaked their apartments and their belongings.

"The water ran on their beds, the walls, their toys, their clothes, the TV," said Allena May, University Place apartments tenant.

May showed the damage from a pipe that burst above her Memphis apartment.
    
"I had no idea what was going on," she said. "I just heard the fire alarms going off and then I saw the water pouring in."

May sent her two young children out in the cold. It happened right above their bedroom. Hours after the leak water was still dripping and everything is waterlogged.
 
The change in temperature is wreaking havoc at the apartment complex. While FOX13 News was at University Place another pipe burst in the building across the street. Firefighters responded when the alarm went off. Water poured down the side of the building and froze across the sidewalk.

FOX13 News saw least four buildings with burst pipes at the University Place apartment complex.

"This should not happen to anybody," May said. "I don't know if the apartments are poorly made, I don't know. I don't really know."

May's kitchen floor of her apartment is covered in water and some of the furniture and electronics are ruined. Maintenance staff pulled the smoke detectors out of the ceiling.

"It's just awful, it's really awful and it just makes me sad because these are things I work for and they're just telling me do you have renters insurance," May said.

She doesn't and she realizes she'll have to replace some of her things.

A spokeswoman for the company that owns the apartment complex said the residents are their first priority and they're working to get the effected residents into "warm dry places to stay."

May is worried about what they'll do long term.

"I'm not trying to get off the hook," she said. "I'll buy new beds and things like that. But at least try to help me try to help me along the way. I can't do it all."

The apartment complex's management is putting her family up in a vacant apartment.

Memphis Fire spokesman Lt. Wayne Cooke said they responded to between 80-100 calls of frozen pipes bursting.

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