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Burst pipe closes new Lancaster Bible College facility

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The cold snap left its mark on Lancaster Bible College, which according to a Web posting suffered major damage in its Teague Learning Commons when a pipe burst at 12:06 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4.

The 43,000 square-foot, three-story facility — opened in mid-2012 following nearly 18 months of construction — included the library, learning support services, information literacy, technology, music media lab, collaborative study rooms, classrooms, a writing center, and disability services, as well as a bistro and a hospitality suite.

"Extensive water flow from the upper levels caused major damage throughout the building," the posting said. "A restoration company and contractors were brought in the same night to minimize further damage, assess the scope of devastation, and begin the extensive cleanup and restoration process. The TLC was closed until further notice as offices, classes, and other activities were relocated to different campus facilities."

Pictures showed water throughout the floors, "even to the point of the basement level, which housed the building's computer network systems."

"The cold temperatures in the TLC basement caused the water to freeze as it laid on items like this network rack," the posting said. On a happier note, it said the book stacks on the second floor were covered to prevent the books from being damaged, and the water on the first floor crested just below the bottom row of shelves.

"After my initial shock I realized in spite of massive damage we have much for which to be thankful. No one was in the building and no serious injuries were sustained," LBC President Peter W. Teague posted. "We greatly value your prayers and support in the significant restorations that will take place in the months ahead. Our plan is to continue to update you on ways you can pray and rejoice with us as we watch God's hand at work in a fresh way through this situation."

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