Burst pipe shuts down O’Leary Credit Union

Mike Carson
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O’LEARY – A broken pipe at the Evangeline Central Credit Union’s O’Leary office Thursday, shut down operations and forced staff to move to offices in Tyne Valley and Evangeline for the day.


“We’re back in business today,” said Central Credit Union CEO Alfred Arsenault. “From a dollar perspective I have no idea how much damage was done but you get a flood you get water damage.”

He said when staff arrived at the credit union Thursday morning they discovered that the building was flooded.

Arsenault said because of the cold temperatures, a water line in the building froze and burst flooding the office.

“There was some work that had been done on the system and I guess it didn’t necessarily get done properly,” he said. “I was human error. “The pipe froze and broke and as result we got water all over the place. We’re back open as of this (Friday) morning. We were very lucky in the sense we have three offices do we redirected our members to Tyne Valley or Wellington. We also had the O’Leary Co-op that was very helpful offering to cash any government cheques. It allowed for people to cash their cheques and do their groceries locally rather than having to go to Summerside.”

Clean up has begun and Arsenault said no valuable paperwork was lost in the incident.

“We thought there might be but some of the stuff that got water damage was really not important documents of any sort,” he said. “At first we thought we might have to send some stuff out to get properly dried out but at the end of the day it wasn’t important stuff.”

Arsenault said carpenters were in the office on Friday repairing some of the damage that was caused by the flooding.

“It’s obvious that there are some walls that will have to be opened up,” he said. “That hasn’t been done yet. We have the adjusters coming in this afternoon. We do have a few computers that have been damaged but nothing serious. They were just desktop computers, nothing stored on them. There’s nothing really serious but it was impossible for people to work in the office yesterday.”


Organizations: O’Leary Credit Union, Central Credit Union, O’Leary Co-op

Geographic location: Tyne Valley, Wellington, Summerside

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