FAIRFIELD - Firefighters throughout southwestern Connecticut say frozen pipes might crack as they begin to thaw after the freezing temperatures.

The damage to the pipes is caused when the ice expands and can't be seen until the temperatures go up.

The Fairfield Fire Department says it has received eight calls about bursting pipes and flooding since Monday.

Assistant Chief Christopher Tracy says residents should call the fire department and not a plumber when there is significant water, as they will need to check if electrical systems, furnaces and fuel systems were compromised by the water.