Hartford's premier multi-cultural arts center is back open for business Friday following a sewage leak.
The plumbing problem not only created a mess but forced the Charter Oak Cultural Center to cancel dozens of classes for over 1,000 children.
The building that houses the cultural center and the Youth Arts Institute is over 130 years old and officials say the ancient pipe must be replaced. This is a lot bigger job than just calling Roto-Rooter. A large tree had to be cut down so the workers could rip up the ground and install a new sewage pipe.
For some employees, the leak and repairs have hit pretty close -- one worker even has a large hole patched under her desk!
Employees at the center say the sewage leak has been a major disruption and a huge financial strain. The cost of replacing the pipe will be $8,000.
All classes and rehearsals have resumed at the center. The Ted Hershey Dance and Music Marathon will take place on Saturday as scheduled.