Marshfield’s town hall was closed Thursday due to a major water line break, but is expected to reopen Friday morning, said Tom Reynolds, director of the town’s Department of Public Works.
A unit on the roof of the building froze due to cold weather last night, which caused the line to release water and pour down through the ceilings and onto the floors, he said.
“It flooded the first and second floors on one of the sides of the building,” Reynolds said. “It was wet through the hallways and there was relatively no damage to important documents.”
A water department employee and a veteran’s agent were the first people in the building at about 6:30 a.m. and noticed the flooding. The employee turned off the water to stop the flooding and then made calls to ServiceMaster to clean up the area, he said.
The Town Administrator, Rocco Longo, made the decision at about 8 a.m. to close Town Hall for the day, Reynolds said.
“We had five job interviews today that had to be rescheduled from the DPW and a pre-bid opening meeting for the Bass Creek project,” he said. “We were able to contact all the vendors and relocate it to the Highway Garage at 35 Parsonage St.”
Reynolds said the heat has been turned back on and the Service Master is finishing the clean up process. Once the water is cleared, they can turn the water and electricity back on, he said.
All residents are encouraged to check out www.townofmarshfield.org for more updated information on the closing.