David Brooks of Brahm’s Electric was among the workers who were called to the Payson Senior Center Monday morning after a water pipe broke and flooded the kitchen and dining area. The water line break caused parts of the ceiling to fall down, and flooded the center with water.
The Payson Senior Center is currently closed due to damage that occurred Sunday night when a pipe in the ceiling broke.
Barbara Underwood, president of the Senior Center board of directors, said the pipe broke in the ceiling above the kitchen and flooded the facility with about two inches of water. Most of the ceiling collapsed, and what remained in place was too damaged to retain, so the fire department pulled it down.
The in-house meal program and all other activities at the center have been canceled. The Meals on Wheels program will continue with housebound clients receiving frozen meals for now. Two meals were delivered on Monday to take care of clients for Monday and Tuesday.
Senior Center director Reed Cox said the transportation service would continue.
“The fire department did wonders to help,” Underwood said. In addition to taking down the damaged ceiling, the firefighters pulled out the floodwater.
Underwood said the center is getting bids for the repairs, but it is likely the facility cannot be used for at least three weeks.
The board and staff are investigating a variety of options to continue the center’s lunch program, but as of press time, no decisions have been made regarding when meal service will resume.
Cox said everything was fine on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. when he was at the senior center, but when staff arrived at 6:30 a.m. Monday morning it was a mess.
Several volunteers said they were not sure if the pipe froze or just broke because of old age.