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Jackson City Hall Closed After Pipe Bursts, Floods Building


JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) – The Jackson City Hall shut its doors Wednesday morning after a pipe froze slightly then broke, leaking about 5,000 gallons of water into the building, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

"Everything doesn't work like it should when it gets cold," said Deputy Fire Chief David Wooden, who believes the subzero temperatures forced a sprinkler pipe to break on the first floor.

City Manager Patrick Burtch said the flooding caused serious damage, and crews are working to remove the remaining water and fix the damaged walls and ceilings. Computer equipment and furniture was also destroyed during the incident, but Burtch said important electronic data will be protected, as it is also stored off-site.

Officials said they will reopen with limited functionality by Thursday, and hope to be fully functional within a few days.

Emerald Morrow is a reporter with WLNS-TV. Like her on Facebook, Follow her on Twitter or email her atemorrow@wlns.com.

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