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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Apartment Building Flooded, Evacuated

A broken water main inside the Academy Hill apartments in downtown Nantucket flooded the facility's basement with nearly three feet of water early Saturday morning, prompting the evacuation of roughly 20 residents.

With the water rising above the electrical panels in the basement, fire chief Mark McDougall said responders had to cut power to the building before going in, necessitating the evacuation. He stated that the flood was caused by a faulty coupling attached to a water main in the basement of Academy Hill, the former school facility which now serves as senior apartments with 27 living units.

McDougall said those who were evacuated were put up in the nearby Roberts House Inn on India Street, while a few went to the Jared Coffin House or the Sherburne Commons senior living community off South Shore Road. Work was still being completed on the electrical system and the oil burner in the basement on Sunday, and McDougall expected residents might be able to return on Monday.

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