Burst Pipes Damage Fairview High, Jeffco Admininstration Building

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)- The costume room at Fairview High School in Boulder suffered the brunt of the damage from a broken pipe. The frozen pipe burst, spraying water in the performing arts wing of the school.

The mess put a major Fairview Theater production, Pride and Prejudice, on hold.

“Your costumes are all wet and we can’t fix half of them,” said student cast member Melanie Schaffer.

Many of the damaged costumes are being dried out, the others are at the cleaners.

Fairview’s principal showed CBS4’s Mike Hooker where the ceiling fell, and room after room of damage from the burst pipe.

“We had 3 to 4 inches in this whole zone,” said Fairview High School Principal Don Stensrud.

He said the costumes for the play were stored in one of the damaged rooms.

“All this is blown out ceiling tiles that landed right on all the costumes, on the racks,” said Stensrud. “The fear we have is these seams right along here are going to pull apart.”

The flooding means extra rehearsal time for the cast. Opening night has been delayed one week.

“I think opening night will be better. But to that, which is a really good thing, but I was excited to perform and I was ready to perform,” said student cast member Tim Driscoll.

“I think what you do is look at it and say how do we all work together to get past this. I mean, it’s no one’s fault. We can be a victim or overcome it. So, I think what we’re doing is choosing to overcome it,” said Stensrud.

Another of the biggest repair jobs is at the Jefferson County Administration Building in Golden. A 2-inch pipe broke Friday night and five floors were flooded. Most offices were closed Saturday as workers mopped up and the job isn’t finished.

“We expect that some of our offices will be open Monday, as many as possible to keep services with as little disruption as possible,” said Kathryn Heider, Jefferson County Public Information Officer.

Fortunately county records are backed-up off site so no valuable information was lost.


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