Broken pipe floods Lowell roller rink

11:35 PM, Jan 10, 2014   |    comments
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LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- The owner of the landmark Rollaway Family Fun Center calls damage from a broken water pipe devastating, but it could have been much worse.

But this busted pipe is a little different from some other floods the last few days. That's because the pipe didn't break because of the extreme cold. Instead, a worn out fitting on the soft drink dispenser broke, and gallons of water spilled onto the floor and through the ceiling to the bowling alley below.

The gallons of water that flowed from the broken pipe did not reach the polished wood bowling alley downstairs or wooden skating rink upstairs

"Carpet you can vacuum, but you cannot clean water out of the wood, so our skating floor and bowling lanes have been spared the water damage," said Bob Vanoller.

The flood forced the postponement of the annual Lowell Middle School chess club fundraiser, one of the biggest events of the year at Rollaway.

"I called to find out when I could come and do some setup and they told me there was a problem, so I came over right away and there was water pouring through the ceiling downstairs into the bowling alley," recalled parent Karen Wade.

"Jaw dropping-- it was shocking to see it raining in the bowling alley," said Ron Janowski.

Working through the night, the owner and his staff hope to have the Rollaway Family Fun Center open for business Saturday.

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