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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center remains closed after major water damage

  • The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center remains closed after engineers discovered an abandoned and uncapped city water line beneath the museum floor, CPN officials said.
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  • The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center remains closed after engineers discovered an abandoned and uncapped city water line beneath the museum floor, CPN officials said.
    Shawnee City Manager Brian McDougal said the source of the flooding problem was found Friday and was determined to be a water line that was capped improperly.
    “Our insurance companies are working together on this,” he said.
    The abandoned and uncapped line was connected to a working valve on a City of Shawnee water main and caused major flooding when City of Shawnee crews turned the valve on, said CPN officials.
    “We believe the water line was used for our original administration buildings and museum,” said Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Chairman John Barrett. “The City of Shawnee removed the meter from that line several years ago and should have capped the line at the valve on the water main.”
    The Cultural Heritage Center sustained severe water damage on March 31 after staff noticed water coming up from the floor. Thousands of gallons of water flooded the building and caused damage to exhibits along with structural damage.
    The entire concrete slab has been removed from the Long Room inside the Cultural Heritage Center and crews dug to 20 feet in some places to expose the abandoned water line. Crews will begin to fill the hole with new dirt and will pour a new concrete slab. There is no timeline for the opening of the Long Room or museum at this time or the estimate for the cost of the damage. FireLake Gifts and tribal rolls are open.
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