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Bangor Y reopens Sunday after water main break forces closure

Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Only arrows spray-painted into the snow near the front-door walkway on the YMCA building on Union Street was left to indicate a water main break and its repair on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.
By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A water main break early Saturday forced the Bangor Y to close its Second Street building for most of Saturday before it reopened on Sunday.

The main water line pipe broke at about 1 a.m. Saturday. Workers began repairs soon after, but closed the building at 10 a.m. that day when they saw that the severity of the break demanded the shutoff of all water in the building, Y CEO Diane Dickerson said.

Private contractors plus Bangor Gas Co. workers had the line repaired by 3 p.m. Saturday, and the Y building reopened at 7 a.m. Sunday as they had planned originally, Dickerson said.

“The workers said that it looked like a slice just got taken right out of the pipe, probably from age,” Dickerson said Sunday. “They dug it up and fixed it. …They all just did a phenomenal job. The workers told me that the repair would last longer than the rest of the pipe.”

The water main break at the YMCA complex, near the intersection of 2nd and Union streets, occurred near natural-gas lines on Union Street near the YWCA building that now houses the Y’s day- and child-care programs, she said.

“It was fortunate that this occurred on a Saturday. We didn’t have any of our kids in the [YWCA] building,” Dickerson said.

No repair estimate is yet available, Dickerson said. She joked that she wouldn’t have minded had the break occurred a few feet closer to Union Street on city property so that the not-for-profit organization wouldn’t have to pay for the repairs.

“It is our expense because it is on our property,” she said.


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