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Burst hot water pipe leads to early morning evacuation of McLeod House

Residents of McLeod House received an early wake-up call this morning thanks to flooding that led to the partial evacuation of the residence.

At 3:36 a.m. UNB Security was notified of a fire alarm activation in the building. Upon arriving, they found the fifth floor hallway full of steam, and a number of rooms partially flooded.

An investigation determined that the source of the flooding was a burst hot water pipe, caused by the freezing air coming in through an open window in a residence room. Water from the flood also leaked down, with some reaching as far as the first floor of the building and flooding rooms on lower floors.

Bruce Rogerson of UNB Security said the leak was fixed and flooding was cleaned up by 6:30 a.m. However, he said that damage caused by the flooding might be in the “thousands of dollars.”

Affected residents were evacuated to neighboring McGee House while repairs and cleanup took place. Rogerson said residents whose rooms were damaged would be relocated to unoccupied rooms across the rest of the UNB residence community.

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