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Museum closes after pipes burst

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By Kirsten Laskey

A frozen water pipe burst inside the Los Alamos Historical Society’s archive room and portions of carpeting, walls and the ceiling along with a small percentage of historic archive material was damaged by water over the weekend.  
The burst pipe was discovered at 1 p.m. Sunday. County work crews responded and worked through the rest of the day and continued work on Monday.
Wayne Kohlrust, project manager, said the leak has stopped but damage is still being assessed and is not sure when the repairs will be completed.
He added that the archives and archival staff will be moved to the main level of the community building this week. The archives will remain there until the new county records and archive facility is built.
Heather McClenahan, assistant director of the Los Alamos Historical Museum, said the archives will be closed until further notice. The burst pipe was located in the ceiling at the top of the stairs at the front of the room, she said.  Water poured down, rushing down the stairs, saturating the carpet and the ceiling insulation, McClenahan said.
Although the historical society has “no clue” what the cost of the damage is, she said pamphlets from the early part of Los Alamos’ history to the present were damaged.


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