Gideon Putnam hotel reopens after major flooding from broken pipe

May 01, 2018 06:16 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs finally reopened on Tuesday.

As NewsChannel 13 has been reporting, the hotel had to shut down in mid-January after a water pipe broke, causing major flooding in the basement.

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To put it in perspective, the amount of water that rushed into the hotel could fill 13-and-a-half in-ground pools.

Many were wondering why it was taking months to reopen the Gideon Putnam. Simply put, the damage was bad. They say when the 12-inch water main exploded under the hotel in January, 275,000 gallons of water came rushing into the basement.

The water inside the structure rose to 11 feet in what used to be office space and the home to all of the hotel's infrastructure. Boilers, hot water heaters, telecoms, electricity -- it all had to be replaced. So as they went about doing that work, Delaware North, the company that operates the hotel, decided to renovate the rooms, the corridors, the restaurant and banquet space. They spent $2 million on renovations and millions more on the repairs.

After four and a half months of being closed, guests and employees returned Tuesday.

The Gideon Putnam opened back in 1935. It's a national historic landmark hotel, located in Saratoga Spa State Park.

The water main break happened on the new general manager's first day on the job.


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