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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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