Cold snap leads to frozen pipes and flooding

Andrea Gunn
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Repairs will also involve asbestos removal at Central Health building

Asbestos removal has commenced at the Central Health regional office, located in Grand Falls-Windsor, after frozen pipes led to flooding during the cold snap earlier this month. The office is one of nine Central Health properties that contain asbestos.

The cold snap that affected most Newfoundland and Labrador earlier this month has caused some problems for Central Health, as unseasonably frigid temperatures led to flooding and water damage to their regional office in Grand Falls-Windsor.

According to a statement issued by Central Health on Friday afternoon, frozen pipes caused leaks and subsequent flooding over the weekend of Jan. 4 and 5 at their regional office located on Carmelite Road. The building was unoccupied at the time of the flooding.

Eight offices were impacted, resulting in the relocation of four staff members to different offices in other areas of the building. The release noted that all relocations were completed prior to the start of the work day on Monday, Jan. 6.

According to the release, the regional office, which is located in a historic, 100-year-old property, is one of nine Central Health properties that contain asbestos. As a result of the water damage and resulting required repairs, Central Health said the on-site Asbestos Abatement Coordinator assessed the property in consultation with maintenance staff to ensure all protocols are followed.

"Asbestos abatement has commenced at the regional office (and) Central Health assures there is no danger to staff or visitors as the removal process is contained," the release noted. "This will be followed by structural repairs to the areas affected by the flooding and asbestos abatement."

Central Health added it could take eight to 12 weeks before repairs are completed, but front line services would not be affected.

The office will be open for business as usual during its normal hours.

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Grand Falls-Windsor, Carmelite Road

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