Nova Scotia

Students displaced after CBU water pipe break

About 30 students are still displaced from their apartments at Cape Breton University after a water pipe broke over the weekend on the top floor of Cabot Residence.

Frozen pipe likely caused break, says university

About 30 students are still displaced from their apartments at Cape Breton University after a water pipe broke over the weekend on the top floor of Cabot Residence.

Water streamed through the ceilings of the four-storey building on Saturday afternoon and nearly 60 students had to be relocated.

Doug Connors, the residence manager for Cape Breton University, said a frozen pipe was likely to blame.

"I couldn't say conclusively, but I think it's due to that cold snap we had last week," he told CBC News.

Connors said most of the water damage is to the Gyprock.

"We are hoping today that we'll start demolition and that will be the restoration company's guys coming in and cutting out any Gyprock that was marked as damp," he said Wednesday.

"I think the thought right now is we're going to go with the quickest measure possible, being replacing. We'll worry about painting and stuff once the semester ends. We just want to get the kids back into their original homes as quickly as possible."

Nearly half the students have already been allowed back into their dorms at Cabot Residence and Connors said more will be allowed back in about a week.

The others, whose rooms suffered the most damage, could be displaced for several weeks.

They have been moved to the other three residences at Cape Breton University.

Miley Laidlaw was studying in the cafeteria when she heard about the flood. The fourth-year history major rushed back to her room to salvage her prized possessions.

"Instruments. I'm a musician, I ran up and I grabbed a binder full of notes and my instruments and got the heck out," she said. Laidlaw has been staying at another residence since then.

Zeb Chepey, who used to live in a ground floor apartment at Cabot Residence, said the water came up to his ankles in the flood. His laptop and charger were destroyed.

"Luckily my friend was able to let me use his laptop so I was able to get some school work done," he said.

"It's just a frustrating time."

There has been no final cost estimate for repairs.

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