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Water from burst pipes damages a vacant Middleton restaurant

MIDDLETON (WKOW) — More flooding at P.F. Chang’s in Middleton after it permanently closed months ago because of damage from the historic flooding back in 2018.

Monday the changing weather caused pipes to burst leading to 3-4 feet of water filled the building.

Firefighters responded about 1:30 p.m. to a report of water at the restaurant on Deming Way in Middleton.

Maintenance workers heard an alarm blaring but couldn’t open the door.

“Facility maintenance had keys but the pressure prevented them from opening the door because of the amount of water weight that was behind it,” said Middleton Fire Chief Aaron Harris.

When the fire department opened the door water and pieces of insulation rushed out.

The restaurant has been permanently closed and vacant since Sept. 1.

“The water mains were still feeding the building and several pipes and sprinkler heads broke,” Chief Harris said.

Chief Harris says things like this happen because of rapid changes in temperature.

“That’s something we see after a deep freeze like we encountered last week, the pipes break due to the ice build up but then when it starts to thaw out that ice is forced out,” he said.

Clean up has already begun at the former restaurant.

In the past few days, two buildings on the University of Wisconsin campus have closed following water damage caused by broken pipes.

The Chemistry Building closed Friday and Vilas Hall closed Sunday. Classes have been moved to other locations as crews work on the cleanup.

Amanda Hari

Reporter, WKOW

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