Severe cold temperatures over the last few days led to a slew of water issues north of Cincinnati, causing closures at Cincinnati Children’s Mason campus and Kings Island and water damage at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts building.
Kings Island’s WinterFest announced they will be closed Monday night following extensive water line damage caused by freezing temperatures.
The park plans to reopen on Tuesday and allow current ticketholders for Monday night to use their ticket on any other operating day through Dec. 31.
Meanwhile, Cincinnati Children’s Mason campus closed Building A for Monday and Tuesday. The hospital says that freezing temperatures caused a water issue.
A handful of specialties are affected, including Urgent Care.
In downtown Cincinnati, Via Vite announced on social media it will remain closed through Tuesday due to a heating issue. The Fountain Square restaurant plans to reopen Wednesday.
In Hamilton, the Fitton Center is currently cleaning up and assessing water damage from a sprinkler system burst caused by the sub-freezing temperatures late Christmas Eve.
The Hamilton Fire Department removed roughly two inches of water in the main office as well as traveling water in other areas like the dance studio, says Ian MacKenzie-Thurley, executive director at the Fitton Center.
Since the water has been removed, the damage doesn’t look “too bad,” says MacKenzie-Thurley, but the team is still assessing “the stuff that we can’t see” like light fixtures, electronics, video cameras and cables in the building’s walls.
The center was already scheduled to be closed this week. The team hopes the center will be ready to open for their event on New Year’s Eve.
Water damage has not been limited to the north of Cincinnati, however.
Hathaway’s Diner in Downtown Cincinnati closed after pipes burst Monday afternoon. The diner is likely to remain closed for several days.
Water issues from freezing temperatures have been common this holiday season. The Cincinnati Fire Department tweeted on Dec. 25 that they are responding to an extraordinary number of water leaks caused by frozen pipes.