Some wa­ter dam­age at Sheila NaGeira The­atre

Car­bon­ear au­di­to­rium had two pipes burst back­stage Jan. 5

The Compass - - SPORTS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

One of the big con­cerns dur­ing a black­out in freez­ing tem­per­a­tures is the pos­si­bil­ity that wa­ter pipes could burst in af­fected homes.

Another con­cern is the pos­si­bil­ity busi­nesses, or­ga­ni­za­tions and mu­nic­i­pal build­ings could have sim­i­lar is­sues. That is ex­actly what hap­pened at the Princess Sheila NaGeira The­atre in the Con­cep­tion Bay Re­gional Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Car­bon­ear Sun­day Jan. 5 af­ter more than 24 hours with­out power.

Dur­ing what many are call­ing Black­out 2014, ar­eas of Con­cep­tion Bay North ex­pe­ri­enced chill­ing tem­per­a­tures in the -30 de­gree Cel­sius range with the windchill. Some places, in­clud­ing the com­mu­nity cen­tre, had no power from 9 a.m. Jan. 4 un­til the fol­low­ing morn­ing. For other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the area, the black­out lasted longer.

When the power re­turned to the the­atre, sev­eral sprin­kler sys­tem heads back­stage had frozen from the lack of heat. As a re­sult, two pipes burst, caus­ing a sig­nif­i­cant leak. Wa­ter poured out of the bro­ken pipes, onto the floor, but di­verted over the nearby stairs.

There is some wa­ter dam­age on the ceil­ings, and buck­ets placed un­der the pipes.

The sprin­kler sys­tem is con­nected to the emer­gency panel, and it alerted the fire depart­ment im­me­di­ately af­ter burst­ing.

Fire Chief Ed Ka­vanagh said the call came in at 10 a.m., when power re­turned, but the depart­ment couldn’t do much to help.

“There was noth­ing we could do be­cause there wasn’t enough wa­ter for our pumps,” he told The Com­pass. “There was wa­ter around the stage area. That’s when we knew a cou­ple of pipes has burst.”

Car­bon­ear’s town ad­min­is­tra­tor Cyn­thia Davis told The Com­pass on a walk-through Jan. 7 that it could have been much worse.

Only a small pool of wa­ter made its way across the stage, but no equip­ment in the the­atre was dam­aged in the in­ci­dent.

Two pipes hung from the ceil­ing, and a small leak was still vis­i­ble, but of­fi­cials had con­tacted a com­pany to fix the sit­u­a­tion.

Linda Gal­lant, who man­ages the the­atre, said the next sched­uled event for the the­atre is Re­vue 2013 by Ris­ing Tide The­atre sched­uled Jan. 21-26. It will go ahead as sched­uled.

This was not the only pipe is­sue to take place on the morn­ing of Jan. 5.

Food­land su­per­mar­ket also had sev­eral pipes burst, but luck­ily it was at the main en­trance. The store was still us­ing the exit for in­com­ing and out­go­ing traf­fic on Jan. 7.

Since the sprin­kler is­sues, sev­eral more pipe is­sues have been re­ported to the town, in­clud­ing two res­i­dents in the down­town area. One led to the clo­sure of part of Wa­ter Street, near the post of­fice, Jan. 8.

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