Meadville Tribune

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January 9, 2014

Water damage keeps East End closed until next week

MEADVILLE — East End School programs are expected to resume at their usual times Monday and Tuesday following a joint cleanup effort on Walnut Street, where a fire sprinkler line ruptured Wednesday afternoon, damaging about 14 rooms between both floors.

Crawford Central School District staff joined members of Meadville Central Fire Department to assist in removing large quantities of water from the building and wiping down the rooms, according to John Lawrence, facilities manager for Twin Creeks Head Start.

“It’s amazing what they did up here (Thursday),” Lawrence said. “The Crawford Central staff is unbelievable.”

The broken sprinkler pipe was being repaired on Thursday and other systems were checked to maintain proper working order, according to Dave Dickson, director of buildings, grounds and transportation for Crawford Central School District, which owns the building.

“Meadville fire department was extremely helpful with the disposing of water,” Lawrence said. “The bulk of credit would have to go to the Crawford Central staff. They pulled resources in from all their locations and did a fantastic job.”

No injuries were reported when the pipe broke above a second-floor hallway Wednesday and caused the two-story building’s evacuation. Crawford Central officials believe the pipe froze before rupturing.

Dickson expects the building will open for Head Start faculty to prepare the classrooms while the Creating Landscapes Learning Center, Crawford County READ program and Meadville Family YMCA resume operations on Monday.

The first Head Start class are expected to resume on Tuesday, Lawrence said.

“There are no itemized damages yet,” Dickson said. “All the tenants are putting their inventory assessments together and the district is doing the same. We probably won’t know the extent (of damages) until next week.”

Tribune calls to the other tenants weren’t returned by presstime.

Konstantine Fekos can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at

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