Short-term disruptions to Wallingford Senior Center caused by burst pipe

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WALLINGFORD — A burst water pipe closed the Wallingford Senior Center for several days, and heat was slated to be restored to the building Friday.

The facility closed Jan. 12 and reopened Wednesday, according to the senior center’s Facebook page.

The building was closed again Thursday due to the snowy weather, but reopened Friday.

Bill Viola, senior center executive director, was not available for comment Friday and Public Works could not be reached.

Viola said in a post on the senior center’s Facebook page Monday that a sprinkler pipe burst in his office, which “flooded the office areas and caused damage to some of our computers, electrical and alarm systems.”

He said that the pipe burst due to the loss of one of the rooftop heating units, “for which parts were unavailable for repairs, and in spite of our best attempts to provide auxiliary heating.”

The pipe was repaired and the fire protection system restored by Monday, however the other alarm systems, which monitor temperatures and other important functions, were still under repair and the office areas were still being dried out 

The building also experienced some minor roof leaks in other areas Monday, which needed to be cleaned up, dried out and ceiling tiles replaced.

“I am sorry for the inconvenience and loss of access to the center,” Viola said in the statement. “We are doing our best to restore things following these circumstances beyond our control.”

Daytime temperatures reached the high teens on Jan. 11 and overnight temperatures reached a low of 12 degrees, according to archived reports on the Weather Underground.

On Jan. 12, when the pipe burst, daytime temperatures increased dramatically, rising to 40 degrees by midday.

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