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UPDATED: Hole in sprinkler system floods lower level of Opera House

By Gabriel Blodgett | Nov 01, 2019
Photo by: Gabriel Blodgett A rust hole in the sprinkler system led to flooding in the lower level of the Rockport Opera House.

A leak in the sprinkler system caused flooding in the lower level of the Rockport Opera House Friday afternoon Nov. 1.

Rockport Fire Chief Jason Peasley said the Fire Department responded to the sprinkler alarm at 3:14 p.m. and arrived to find “significant water on the lower floor,” primarily in the Geoffrey C. Parker Community Meeting Room.

Peasley said the flooding was caused by a rust hole in the sprinkler system.

With power out at the Opera House, he said the system is designed to maintain pressure in the sprinkler pipes but the leak caused an error and the hole blew out.

Peasley said the fire department shut the water off on arrival but the pipes continued to drain and some water had already leaked through the floor into the air conditioning system. Superior Restoration Services was called to clean up the area and drain the water before it caused significant damage. Throughout the weekend they ran fans and dehumidifiers in the lower level to draw out the moisture.

On Tuesday Nov. 5, Opera House Manager Drew Weber said there was no significant property damage and the only issue that will require attention is replacing some insulation in the basement that was soaked by water seeping through the floor.

Power returned in time for the Everyman Repertory Theatre’s performances of the Threepenny Opera to proceed as planned on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, albeit with a member of the Fire Department on hand as a fire watch, which Peasley said is required without a functioning sprinkler system.

Weber said that the system should be fixed in the next week and that there are no changes planned for the Opera House schedule.


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