Cracked pipe in Madison Hall causes leaks in basement, several rooms

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A cracked water pipe in Madison Hall Saturday morning caused leaks across four rooms and the basement lounge.

A cracked water pipe in Madison Hall Saturday morning caused leaks in four rooms and the basement lounge.

University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar said several rooms were impacted and the basement lounge will remain closed for a “couple” days. She said water supply to the broken pipe has been turned off and Health and Emergency Management Services,┬áthe Division of Operations and Residential Life and Housing staff members will be at the building for the rest of the day.

“We are working directly with the several residents whose rooms were impacted and should have their rooms cleaned up by the end of the day,” Csellar said in an email. “We thank the residents for their patience and cooperation as we continue to provide assistance to them.”

She said officials were first notified of the water leak at 9:15 a.m. and water was shut off within an hour. She said the impacted rooms should be cleaned up by the end of the day.

An access hole was cut in the wall in Room 503 to locate the leak, according to an email sent to Madison Hall residents.

Water supply was cut off and later restored to eight rooms at about 2 p.m., while water supply in the rest of the building was unaffected, according to a separate email sent by residential property manager Paris Rossiter to residents in the affected rooms.

The email said water has been extracted from the carpets and dehumidifiers will be left in each room to dry out the carpet. Holes were created in the walls of the affected rooms to help the inside of the walls dry out and will be closed later in the week, according to the email.

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