Burst pipe closes Crouch Mesa Community Center

Posted at: 09/05/2013 9:39 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The doors of Crouch Mesa Community Center in Farmington aren't open today and they won't open again until next week.

All this after the center's manager got an early morning call this week.

"We got the call Wednesday morning, and we came and opened the door and we had inches of water spewing all over the place," said Natalie Spruell. 

A water pipe in the ceiling burst and flooded the building.

"We were really busy yesterday staff was just getting belongings out of the facility and going through what was salvageable and what isn't," Spruell said. 

Farmington Parks and Recreation leases the building from San Juan County. The county has been cleaning up and evaluating the damage.

"The preliminary estimates are 5 to 10 thousand dollars," said County manager Kim Carpenter.

According to the county, the problem was with the joints holding together the copper piping; the two metals don't mix well causing corrosion and eventually leading to the burst.

"The rust built to where the metal plug, this black metal plug, just busted off," said Carpenter.

Students from Esperanza Elementary and Mesa View Middle School primarily use the center after school.

The center made arrangements to shuttle the kids to Sycamore Park Community Center.

Parents can pick up their kids there.

The center hopes to open again on Wednesday.