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Maplewood Lane Assisted Living closed because of water damage

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Staff at Maplewood Lane Assisted Living were notified by Helena Fire and Rescue Tuesday that pipes inside the facility erupted. 

"The fire department called us and there was water pouring everywhere. It was just running in sheets," said Barbara Huffstetler, an administrator at the facility. 

Running water pouring from the frozen sprinkler system damaged two rooms, and soiled the belongings of some residents. 

"Once we get the pipes thawed out enough, they are going to go back up ....and turn the water back on and we can assess for more damage," said Huffstetler. 

The 12 people who lived at Maplewood have family willing to take the in but Huffstetler knows all of this is a huge inconvenience for everyone involved. 

"They wouldn't be here if they didn't want to be...or have to be I should say. They had to get rid of their cars, homes, their way of living, even some of their health," said Huffstetler. 

No one knows just yet when life will return to normal.  It could take days even weeks.  Although everyone is thankful no one was hurt, the staff will be a lot happier once the situation is settled. 


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