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Update: Humane Society to Re-Open, Thanks Supporters

See new images of the damage and cleanup at The Beaver County Humane Society, where a frozen water pipe flooded parts of the shelter.


The Beaver County Humane Society in Aliquippa should re-open Friday, after restoration crews finish cleaning up damage from a water pipe break in the sprinkler system last night that sent thousands of gallons of water cascading in to the lobby, and seeping into several offices. "We have dozens of fans around the place, we're bagging up wet items, replacing the ceiling tiles," explained shelter spokesman Mike Romigh.

The break happened around 7:30 Thursday night. Romigh says their first clue that something was wrong came when their security company notified them that an alarm was going off. By the time the executive director and custodian got there, the water had already done its damage. "It had been on for about 30 minutes before we could get it shut off," said Romigh.

The water soaked insulation and brought down part of the drop ceiling in the shelter's lobby and retail shop, ruining most of the merchandise, and damaging the cash register and credit card machine. Water also got into some offices and a boarding area. No animals were hurt, although a few of the society's rabbits got a little damp and had to be moved to a different room.

Romigh says they appreciate the outpouring of concern from the community. "We've received a lot of calls in the last 18 hours. People love animals and are concerned about their well being. They're happy to hear that the animals weren't affected by it at all."

"We appreciate everyone's support!" Mike Romigh, Beaver County Humane Society

Romigh says shelter doesn't have a damage estimate yet, so they don't know whether insurance will cover all of the clean up. They welcome donations which could be used for any expenses that might not be covered (click here to donate ). While Romigh believes the shelter will be back open Friday, he recommends checking their Facebook page .

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