Yarmouth Town Hall Open for Business Following Major Weekend Flooding

YARMOUTH – While the clean up continues at Yarmouth Town Hall, where the sub-freezing temperatures led to a pipe burst this past weekend, the building will be open for business Tuesday.

A portion of the fire sprinkler system at the South Yarmouth facility burst on Saturday night as temperatures plummeted into the lower teens resulting in extensive damages.

The Yarmouth Fire Department responded to an alarm activation to find water on several floors including the basement of the building, and spent several hours working to pump out and sweep several inches of water out of the building.

Tracy Post, Chairman of the Yarmouth Board of Selectmen expressed her gratitude to the first responders on the scene.

“They’re continuing to work and assess the damage, the clean-up, the situation,” “We’re very fortunate for the fast acting, quick thinking fire department, putting a tarp over the servers that saved them.”

Crews were eventually forced to cut power to the building after computer components began smoking in some areas.

Following the initial clean up, the town has hired Disaster Specialists, who have been at work assessing the total amount of damage and drying the place out.

Workers have been able to restore electricity and heat to the building as well as make repairs to the sprinkler system with will allow the Town Hall to open right on schedule this morning.

“There are things that you do find in situations like this,” said Post, “We are fortunate that obviously our alarm was working, the fire department quickly and that really saved a lot. That was a lot of water even in that quick a lot of time.”

Clean up crews were joined over the long weekend by members of the Yarmouth’s technology department to restore the town’s computer network, and members of the facilities department who have all contributed to the effort.

Post says that it will still be some time before they know the full extent of the damages, which were fortunately contained primarily to the front of the building.

By DAVID BEATTY, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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