Lakewood OH

Polar express leaves broken pipes, closures in its wake

Rocky River

By Sue Botos

The arctic blast which roared through the area has left a trail of building closings and burst pipes in its wake.

“We’ve had quite the adventure due to the cold,” commented Fire Chief Chris Flynn, whose squads have attended to numerous weather related calls, as well as regular jobs made more difficult by the frigid temperatures.

While the city schools have opened after a two day extention of the holiday break, the Rocky River Senior Center remains closed for a second day due to a water pipe break which flooded the stage in the auditorium. The Rocky River Public library also remains closed for a another consecutive day. A posting on it’s website stated that the severe weather caused damage to the building’s heating system, and that it would reopen as soon as possible.

Flynn also reported that because of a water line break in the Bridge Building, off of Lake Road, residents of the nearby Villas Condominiums were without water. In addition, sprinker systems froze up at the Westwood Country Club and Beachcliff Market Square.

On Jan. 4, although temperatures hadn’t quite bottomed out, Flynn said that squads answered the call for a house fire in Brittany Village. The resident was treated and relased for smoke inhalation after escaping the home, but then returning to save his two dogs. Fylnn said all were uninjured.

While the worst of the cold may be over, Flynn said he anticipates more broken pipes as the weather warms up. “Hopefully it will be a gradual thaw,” he stated.





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