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Kids help clean up after pipes burst at community center

Kids lend a helping hand after pipes burst in their local community center. Kids lend a helping hand after pipes burst in their local community center.
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PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Dozens of children with mops and brooms are cleaning up at the Perrysburg Heights Community Center, after pipes burst Wednesday afternoon, flooding the entire gym.

Officials call it a curse, but also a blessing, because the kids were there when it happened.

"I call on who I always call on. I went and woke up the kids and said, 'I need help.' And they rushed in here to help out," said Jason Craig, director of the center.

Many spent the night inside the temporary warming shelter to beat frigid temperatures, which caused the pipes to bust in the first place.

"If we weren't here, these pipes would have been spraying out of our walls, our bathrooms, probably four or five, six hours. We caught it within a half-hour and it flooded the whole gym. So we're pretty fortunate," said Craig.

Now everyone is keeping warm by staying active and pushing water out of the gym.

"Hopefully it don't destroy our floor, because we don't even have the funds to cover the deductible for the insurance policy. We have about 3,000 left in our account here. We're month to month," explained Craig.

Leave it to the kids to make the most of a sticky situation.

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