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Burst pipe closes Washington County Authorities Middle – Bristol Herald Courier


A Christmas Eve pipe burst on the Washington County, Virginia Authorities Middle has induced intensive harm.

When firefighters responded to the constructing as a consequence of a fireplace alarm, they discovered a water sprinkler line had burst, activated the fireplace response and gushed free flowing water all through the second flooring with water additionally making its approach all the way down to the principle flooring, in response to County Administrator Jason Berry.

Water from the pipe burst flooded a lot of the second flooring and greater than half of the primary flooring, together with the foyer, Berry mentioned. Whereas crews are on website making repairs, like chopping out drywall, the complete extent – and price – of the damages is but to be seen.

“On the second flooring they’re having to chop drywall out two and three ft excessive,” Berry mentioned Wednesday. “Downstairs, the place the water got here all the best way down the wall, they’re having to exchange entire partitions of sheetrock and change the entire lobby space of the foyer with sheetrock.”

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Berry, who believes the incident was attributable to extraordinarily frigid temperatures, mentioned the county hopes to reopen a portion of the constructing to the general public on Tuesday, Jan. 3; nonetheless, that will not occur after repairs to the damaged line “confirmed one other unknown drawback,” he mentioned.

County employees are working remotely, however may be reached by way of electronic mail by visiting www.washcova.com/contact-us.

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