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Lost Valley Visitor Center open despite water damage

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 3:45 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 3:47 p.m. CST

RINGWOOD – The Lost Valley Visitor Center at Glacial Park remains open despite water damage caused by a burst pipe early Monday morning.

The damage was the result of a frozen pipe that broken about 3:30 a.m. Monday, setting off an alarm that notified on-site staff, said McHenry County Conservation District spokeswoman Wendy Kummerer.

The water flowed for about a half an hour before it was turned off, damaging the floor and carpeting of the main floor's Valley Overlook Room and the ceiling of the kids' classroom located in the basement, she said.

An estimated cost of the damage is not yet available as insurance is still looking into it, Kummerer said.

The McHenry County Conservation District's Board of Trustees will vote on waiving the 30-day competitive bid process at its meeting Thursday evening so that the repairs can be expedited.

The damage has not affected a free, two-month visiting special exhibit on wolves and other wild canines at the center.

- Emily K. Coleman

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