Pipes burst, businesses close

Colin MacLean
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Water from thawing pipes in ceiling floods Centennial Plaza shops

AMHERST?- A busted heating pump has resulted in major damage to several businesses in the Centennial Plaza in Amherst.
It is believed that pipes involved with the heating system and located in the ceiling, froze last week during the cold snap. When the pipes thawed they burst and flooded the stores with water, the first one pipe last Friday and then another on Tuesday.
"Kind of a perfect storm of damage actually," said director of real estate Trevor MacLeod.
Worst hit was Cumberland Eye Care, which had to be striped down to basically four walls, and a ceiling, said MacLeod.
Next door Vogue Optical lost most of their ceiling tiles, had display frames destroyed and had about two inches of water covering the floor, said store manager Charles Seymour.
Though he is pleased with the progress they are making with the clean up.
"I'll be up running tomorrow (Thursday)," he said.
The clean up is being handled by System Care, which specializes in this type of thing. Where making sure there is no potential for mold or any residual problems down the road, said MacLeod.
"With the exception of the medical clinic probably everybody will be up and running next week."
There is no word on cost yet because there are several insurance companies involved.

Organizations: Cumberland Eye Care, System Care

Geographic location: AMHERST

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