Columbia Senior Activity Center temporarily closed after water main break

3 months 5 days 22 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:09:00 AM CST in News
By: Nora Faris, KOMU 8 Reporter
Extensive water damage shut down the Columbia Senior Activity Center after a water main break on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2019.

COLUMBIA - Nothing dampens one's spirits—and surroundings—like a water main break. For the Columbia Senior Activity Center, a water line break on Thursday morning caused a temporary closure and extensive building damage.

Columbia Senior Activity Center patrons were turned away so center staff, insurance representatives, maintenance workers and clean-up crews could address the damage.

On Thursday morning, yellow "wet floor" signs dotted the carpet in places where leaking water caused a sopping, soggy mess. Restrooms were particularly damaged, and the leak had eaten away at ceiling tiles, leaving gaps like the missing teeth in a second grader's smile. 

Janice Palmer, president of the Columbia Senior Activity Center, said she was unsure when the center would reopen.

"We can't turn our water back on until we fix the plumbing, find the leak and know what happened," Palmer said. 

Palmer said Columbia Senior Activity Center patrons should check closure and cancellation listings on local media before coming in.

KOMU will continue to provide the community with updates or closure announcements from the center. 

UPDATE, 1/19 AT 2:30 P.M.: The Columbia Senior Activity Center will not be open on Friday, Jan. 20. Staff said they have plans to reopen on Monday, Jan. 23.

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