UTICA, N.Y. --- The Utica Zoo offered free admission all day on Saturday after a water main break occurred on Friday afternoon.
Zoo officials tell NEWSChannel 2 that the break is isolated to just the children's zoo area. Due to safety concerns, that part of the zoo was closed while the rest of the exhibits were open.
The Mohawk Valley Water Authority was called to the scene. Workers were forced to dig 12 feet underground to access the pipe.
Crews then found out that the pipe was a private water line, therefore it was the zoo's responsibility to fix.
Zoo officials said they were glad to be able to keep the zoo open while repairs were made.
"There's still plenty to do here at the zoo. Unfortunately, the children's zoo will just be blocked off from visitors today. But it's still going to be a great day, there's still snowshoeing opportunities and a ton of fun things to do at the zoo," said Mark Piersma.
Zoo officials said private contractors are scheduled to be at the zoo on Sunday repairing the waterline. But no timeline has been set on when the section of the zoo will be back open.
The Zoo will be offering free admission again all day on Sunday.
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