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Cold weather bursts water pipe in nursing home

Water flows from the 4th floor as residents are moved.
Posted at 2:44 PM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 16:03:03-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The extreme cold temperatures are being blamed for causing a sprinkler system pipe to freeze and burst inside the Buffalo Center Rehabilitation and Nursing facility on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.

It happened around 8:30 a.m. Friday February 1st.

Approximately 40 residents in the affected wing were moved to another part of the facility as water flowed from the 4th floor break.

The 4th floor housed a long-term dementia unit.

A spokesperson for Buffalo Center said the water mostly affected administrative areas.

The Buffalo Fire Department responded and turned off the flow after about 15 minutes.

Cleaning crews were immediately brought to the nursing home with hopes of returning residents in the afternoon.

According to an administrator, no residents were taken outside into the frigid weather during the incident.

No injuries were reported.

Families looking to get more information about a relative at the Buffalo Center can call the front desk at (716) 883-6782.

Maintenance crews are now trying to determine why the interior pipe froze and what can be done to prevent it in the future.

The New York State Department of Health was aware of the situation and in contact with the Buffalo Center operators.