Water line break floods Petrolia Y

Blake Ellis/Local Journalism Initiative

Town of Petrolia officials are still figuring out how much the fix for a burst water pipe in the Oil Heritage District Community Centre will cost.

The YMCA was closed on Dec. 28 after it was discovered in the early morning a pipe had burst in the lobby of the building. Officials do not know the value of the damage as of yet, but there was enough water to flood the front lobby and the offices.

“We are not sure if the pipe froze or just failed at the elbow and union connection,” said Director of Community Services and Facilities Dave Menzies. ‘The building is 17 years old and we have not had any issues before with the sprinklers, but it happens.”

Staff reacted quickly, Menzies said. Petrolia and North Enniskillen firefighters closed the system and service technicians and staff the town and the YMCA cleaned up. The water did damage the alarm panel in the foyer.

The YMCA was reopened at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3.