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Monday, October 31, 2011

Basement Flood Closes Historic Site

A basement flood at Woodside National Historic Site has prompted the indefinite closure of the home.

A clean water pipe burst last Thursday night in the basement of the boyhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada’s longest-serving prime minister.

The basement includes an activity area, a theatre, washrooms, offices and storage space. Officials said none of the home’s historic artifacts was damaged, and the main and upper floors weren’t damaged.

However, materials from the basement have been moved upstairs, and basement rugs, baseboards and drywall will have to be replaced.

The home itself will be closed until further notice, but the grounds will remain open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interpretive staff will be on hand, and admission is free.

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