Rivière-du-Loup City Hall flooded by broken sprinkler pipe

Rivière-du-Loup City Hall flooded by broken sprinkler pipe

Rivière-du-Loup (Quebec) 13 January 2015 – During the night from Friday to Saturday this past weekend a water-pipe connected to the sprinkler system on the second floor of the historical building broke loose and gushed water at full pressure throughout the whole structure.

Water from the pipe, because it was in the ceiling, flooded the second and first floors, and also the basement. Damages estimated from first responders could go as high as $750,000. The cost may go higher if and when the building is examined more thoroughly by the fire department and building inspectors

For the time being the 35 employees who work at City Hall will be relocated to the second floor of the post office building where the city hopes to offer all the same services the population is used to. The city is actively looking for a place where it can hold its next Municipal meeting. It appears as if most of the computers used by the municipality have been untouched, some of which even had plastic covers that had been put on the units for the weekend.

The city general manager claims that most of the files were also saved and even if some were lost a backup version is available, which should help the city to maintain its normal functions.

The sprinkler system in the building is maintained on a regular basis but, some experts say that the extreme cold temperatures that the province has been experiencing recently may have caused one of the connections to come loose.

The building, built in 1916, was designated a Canadian National Historic Site in 1984 because of its unique architecture.

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