Workers repairing water main break in Niles that damaged senior center

City Service Director Jim DePasquale said the age of the pipes could be a problem

The S.C.O.P.E. building in Niles will be closed Monday due to a water main break.

NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – The Niles S.C.O.P.E. (Senior Citizen’s Opportunity for Personal Endeavor) building in Trumbull County was closed Monday for a water main break — the 45th water main break in the city of Niles this year.

City Service Director Jim DePasquale said the age of the pipes may be a problem. Most pipes have a 70- to 80-year lifespan, and the line that ruptured Sunday afternoon was one of the city’s original lines.

The water main break was in a nearby alley on State Street and flowed into S.C.O.P.E., causing damage to the senior center.

Since the break occurred Sunday, it was difficult for the city to get a crew together. The city only had four workers on Sunday and many are on vacation.

A crew will be out Monday afternoon to make repairs, which DePasquale estimates should take about six hours.

The Stoneyard Grill and Tavern in Niles was also affected by the break, but it was closed Monday. The police and fire departments are without water.

DePasquale said there is a possibility of a boil alert during repairs, but that will be announced when determined.

S.C.O.P.E. will remain closed until the damage is repaired and the water lines are fixed.

This is a developing story. Check back here or watch 33 WYTV News at 11 p.m.

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