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Leaking Pipe Damages Terre Haute Senior Center

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – Leaders of a Terre Haute senior citizens center aren't sure how they're going to pay for repairing damage caused by a leaking basement steam pipe that's wrapped in asbestos.

The Wabash Senior Activity Center is in a former synagogue that's about 100 years old. The steam started leaking over the weekend, flooding a crawl space and causing part of the main wooden floor to warp and buckle.

Center executive director Josie Blake tells the Tribune-Star that the asbestos must be removed before the pipe can be repaired. Fixing the leaking pipe alone is expected to cost about $6,000, and Blake has no idea what flooring repairs will cost.

The senior center has more than 400 members, with about one-fifth of its funding coming from the United Way.

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