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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Carlisle Youth Zone flooded after water pipe bursts

A burst pipe caused havoc at Carlisle Youth Zone, wrecking ceilings and leaving water flowing through the building.

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General manager Murray Winters in the boys’ changing rooms, which was one of the worst affected areas

Staff members were alerted to problems when falling ceilings triggered an alarm today – and arrived to find water pouring down a central staircase and leaving pools on the floor up to 3in deep.

The deluge at the youth club in Victoria Place was triggered by a leak in an upstairs toilet between 9pm yesterday and 1am today.

Staff say it will be closed today but will reopen tomorrow with all clubs taking place as usual.

One of the worst affected areas was the boys’ changing room.

Water wrecked the ceiling, leaving lights and speakers hanging down from their wires. Parts of ceiling tiles lay scattered on the floor.

The clear-up was underway today. Water was mopped up and the building inspected for the scale of the damage.

Murray Winters, general manager, said: “The water came down through the ceilings and first and second floors.

“The alarms went off at 1am. That was because ceiling tiles came down and tripped the alarm. It was flowing down the stairs.”

Among the rooms affected was a radio room. Staff today were waiting to see if the equipment was damaged.

The building is usually open from 3.30pm and welcomes up to 1,000 young people through its doors in a week.

Carlisle Youth Zone describes itself as a modern, engaging, exciting and relevant take on the youth clubs of the past.

It is open to all young people aged eight to 21 – and up to the age of 25 for those with disabilities or learning difficulties. It opened in 2011.

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