Water main break forces cancellations at Palace Theatre
April 26, 2019 07:42 PM
Albany water department crews were working hard on Friday, hoping to fix the water main break that has forced the cancellation of shows at the Palace - and the closure of the Leo O'Brien Building.
Streets in the area were closed all day Friday as repairs were being made.
BREAKING NEWS - Albany Water Commissioner Joe Coffey says he needs to shut down the Federal Building this afternoon to work on underground water issues in the area that have already forced the cancellation of three shows at the Palace Theater. pic.twitter.com/OwjoqGKpPK— Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) April 26, 2019
The problem can actually be traced back to before the turn of the 20th century. The city's water commissioner, Joe Coffey, says some of the wooden water pipes and some of the valves that are underground in this part of the city were initially installed in the 1890s. In other parts of the city, he says the infrastructure is even older than that.
The first seepage was discovered in the Palace Theatre basement on Tuesday morning. Most of the leak had been fixed, but apparently not all of it.
Repair crews are now searching for an origin.
The Palace Theatre is shut down until at least Monday night.
Now playing at the Palace Theater: MEN AT WORK, Albany Water Department crews hoping to fix the underground leakage that has forced cancellation of shows and closure of the Leo O’Brien Building. pic.twitter.com/T64ABrtft2— Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) April 26, 2019
All of the ticket money for cancelled shows will be refunded.
Meanwhile, The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa – which was scheduled for Sunday night, has been moved to The Egg. All tickets will be honored there.
The Palace Theater performances are cancelled for the weekend and the Leo O’Brien Federal Building is closing this afternoon so that Albany Water Department crews can solve the water problem. pic.twitter.com/KyxlF3iVxN— Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) April 26, 2019
Because water had to be shut off to the Palace, as well as the Leo O'Brien Building during repairs, some federal workers got part of Friday afternoon off.
North Pearl Street at Clinton Avenue in downtown Albany is shutdown so that city water department crews can search for and fix a “slow leak” that is causing moisture problems in the basement of the Palace Theater. pic.twitter.com/4RqXJ2wjHd— Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) April 26, 2019
Find out what's being done to make sure something like this doesn't happen again, by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.
Updated: April 26, 2019 07:42 PM
Created: April 26, 2019 05:38 PM
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