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Antigo Boys and Girls Club closes, deals with frozen pipes

ANTIGO (WAOW) - Children at the Antigo Boys and Girls Club had to find a different after-school activity Monday.

A pipe froze in the early afternoon and the club was forced to shut its doors.

The day began normally, but that didn't last long.

"One of my staff members came in, came upstairs, and said, 'Hey, we don't have water in the kitchen,'" said Hilary Messer-Franz, the Operations Coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club.

After a quick check, they discovered they didn't have water anywhere.

Employees thought it would be a quick fix, but Messer-Franz says the water company had other jobs to work on so they couldn't come immediately.

When the decision was made to close for the day, the staff got to work.

"We had to make all the parents aware and all the schools and the busing company. We got everybody on the same page," said Messer-Franz.

The closing meant parents had to make new plans quickly, but employees say people are ready for anything this winter.

"Nobody really seemed surprised. Everybody was understanding of it," Messer-Franz said.

Crews arrived a little while later and got to work. The pipe took about an hour to thaw.

"Mondays and Fridays tend to be our worst days. People are gone over the weekend. Maybe we have some more service line freeze-ups. We probably had 10 to 12 Monday," said Mark Desotell, the Director of Administrative Services for Antigo.

Now, the club has water again. And despite the stress, it's set to open as usual Tuesday morning.

Club leaders say about 80 students were affected by the closing.

They say most parents picked up their children or called relatives for help.
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