National Memorial Reopens After Burst Pipe

Saturday, February 7th 2009, 6:58 pm
By: News 9

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Three weeks after a burst pipe sent water gushing into the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum, players from the NBA's Thunder helped the facility celebrate a grand reopening Saturday.

The museum flooded Jan. 16 when a pipe that feeds an air handler on the roof burst, sending water pouring into the museum.

Visit the museum's Web site for hours and information about new and current exhibits.

No artifacts were destroyed but the museum sustained structural damage, and several walls and audio and video equipment needed to be replaced. Museum officials say preliminary damage estimates are expected to top $250,000.

Saturday, Thunder players Nenad Krstic and Desmond Mason helped kick off a grand reopening and then toured the museum.

Mason said he and his teammates toured the museum shortly after the team relocated from Seattle to give players a feel for its importance to the city and state.

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