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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Burst Pipe Floods Children Section of Library

Flooding caused by a broken pipe has closed the children's area of the C.M. Bailey Public Library for at least a week and has temporarily made the upstairs bathroom unusable.

Library Director Richard Fortin said staff on Saturday found a running and overflowing toilet in the Kids Room, which is on the ground floor of the 96-year-old building.

About 500 children a week frequent the room, Fortin said.

A staff member, assisted by a patron, mopped the floor and emptied buckets much of Saturday to try to minimize damage until emergency plumbing could be done, Fortin said.

He said the plumber determined that a rock broke an outside pipe, possibly a result of frost-heaving.

Repairs will require excavation, Fortin said. The lines are old and the same one caused problems last year, he said.

The upstairs bathroom also was damaged by flooding and the floor tiles -- later determined to contain asbestos -- must be replaced. Meantime, he said bathrooms are available at the Town Office, which is within walking distance of the library.

Fortin said downstairs work will include replacing tiles, installing new drywall and painting ceiling tiles.

"The work will need to be done before we can reopen it," Fortin said. He didn't know how long that would take.

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