UPDATE: Basement of Springer Opera House floods with more than 3 feet of water, shows will go on

Basement of Springer Opera House in Columbus floods with more than 3 feet of water

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Workers at one of Columbus’ most well-known landmarks, The Springer Opera House, are dealing with major flooding in the basement.

Paul Pierce, the producing artistic director at the Springer Opera House, said the basement was filled with more than 3 feet of water Wednesday morning after a pipe burst.

As of today the water has been removed from the basement along with the mud and silk and they have begun to asses the damage.

A number of systems will have to be repaired and replaced. Pierce said they are looking to bring in temporary equipment for the time being.

Pierce says the electrical panels and switches in the basement will also need to be rebuilt, but that thankfully, that the two air conditioners that operate the main theater in the Springer are still working.

Pierce said regardless of the current mess, the shows must go on- the production of Evita remains on schedule for its debut on March 8th.

“At the Springer Opera House, we do not cancel shows. That is not done. So, part of what we are trying to accomplish here is to figure out what’s happening, and replace some of these damaged systems so we can open 101 Dalmations in the children’s theater next week,” said Pierce.

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