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Arctic blast causes pipes to burst at BGSU, Mercy College of Ohio

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As we thaw out from the arctic blast, the weather is being blamed for major water damage at several schools after pipes continue to burst.

Water main breaks are delaying the start of the spring semester for 1,100 nursing students at Mercy College of Ohio in Downtown Toledo.

Down in Bowling Green, journalism students lost all of their expensive production equipment.

Bowling Green State University's live, daily, student-run news broadcast is off the air thanks to effects from the cold air.

"There was a lot of water damage on the second floor and it came down into our studios on the first floor," says Tommy Trease, Technical Director of BG 24 News and a junior at BGSU.

Trease says pipes burst sending a deluge of water into the studio and control room, destroying newly donated cameras.

"We lost two of our main components of making our show, as well as our teleprompter," says Trease. "We lost our video switcher. That's completely shot. And our audio board is also completely shot."

 Some students are worried about what this means for their journalism education.

"We need a studio for those classes for the students to learn and myself to learn more and so we're hoping, praying that maybe WBGU helps us out and lets us use their studio sometimes, but that is just a pipe dream right now," says Trease.

Meanwhile, maintenance workers at the Downtown Toledo campus of Mercy College of Ohio are manning commercial carpet cleaning equipment.

"We had we estimate up to two inches of standing water and that was running into classrooms so we're just drying everything out and assessing what kind of damage that has created," says Jamie Harter, Vice President of Administrative Services for Mercy College of Ohio.

On Tuesday, a pipe feeding the heating unit in a classroom area burst.  And then Thursday morning another pipe burst over the cafeteria.

But workers are flashing smiles as they're trashing tiles, making the best of a situation they blame on the arctic blast.

"We've been very fortunate. We've had some pretty mild winters but I think you're seeing all over the city the effects of this storm," says Harter.

Classes at the Toledo campus of Mercy College of Ohio are scheduled to resume on Monday.

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