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Major water leak at Framingham Town Hall shuts building down early

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  March 18, 2013 03:31 PM

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A "significant" water leak in Framingham Town Hall forced town officials to close down the building at 3 p.m. today, sending various town employees home early.

Framingham Town Hall will remain closed for the remainder of the afternoon.

Town Manager Robert Halpin said a pipe is leaking in the basement of Town Hall, in a vacant kitchen used to prepare food for events on the main floor.

Halpin said utility workers were planning to dig up the concrete floor to better inspect the leak, and that he expected the heat to be turned back on by tonight in preparation for tomorrow's snow storm.

He said the employees sent home early today were classified as office personnel, and that they had no roles in planning for the impending storm.

No meetings will be affected because none were scheduled in Town Hall tonight, Halpin said.

Halpin said the building should hypothetically re-open Tuesday after today's pipe burst, but noted that he was more worried about the building shutting down due to snow.

"We don’t expect it to be like the storm we had in February where we got 30 inches, but we are keeping an eye on it, since it could exceed the forecast of 6 inches," Halpin said. "We're undertaking normal preparation, but we’re taking it seriously since it could be larger than expected."

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