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Busted pipe in North Hills floods businesses below

Water from a broken water pipe in a luxury apartment complex in the North Hills shopping center where Quail Ridge Books is located caused damage to the book store and to Vivace restaurant on Sunday.
Water from a broken water pipe in a luxury apartment complex in the North Hills shopping center where Quail Ridge Books is located caused damage to the book store and to Vivace restaurant on Sunday.

Flooding from a broken water pipe in a luxury apartment complex in the North Hills shopping center caused extensive damage to a restaurant beneath it on Sunday.

Other nearby businesses, including Quail Ridge Books, were also flooded but sustained less damage than Vivace, a popular Italian restaurant.

The busted pipe in the Alexan North Hills was in an interior wall and did not break because of the sub-freezing temperatures, according to North Hills property managers, as happened throughout the Triangle over the weekend.

Vivace might have as much as $100,000 in damage, owner Kevin Jennings said Monday. A 1,500-bottle stock of red wines will have to be moved out on Tuesday so that the extent of cabinet and wall damage can be assessed, he said. The wall behind the white wines appeared to be intact.

Drywall ceiling repair and replacement is on the list, as is the wooden floor in the restaurant and bathroom portions of the building. The women’s restrooms was destroyed, he said. The kitchen was spared widespread damage; only two pieces of equipment might have been ruined.

“I’m told we took the brunt of it,” Jennings said.

There were only two guests in the restaurant when the flooding began Sunday afternoon, he said. The staff has been busy rescheduling and canceling reservations. Vivace has been in business in Raleigh for 19 years, 12 of it in the Lassiter section of North Hills.

Quail Ridge staff had just completed an inventory when the flooding hit on Sunday afternoon. The bookstore updated customers on its Facebook page on Monday, when it remained closed for the day due to lack of electricity:

“It is an interesting day for us. We are working hard (along with North Hills and City of Raleigh) to get everything cleaned up for you.”

Most of the damage appeared to be on the mezzanine level, where books and office space is, said employee René Martin.

The store will not be able to re-open until power is restored. Bonner Gaylord, managing director of operations for North Hills, said the city’s fire marshal will inspect the affected spaces on Tuesday; after that the company should have a better idea of when the power can be turned back on.

About one-fourth of the Alexan’s 297 tenants are without power because of the busted pipe, Gaylord said.

The Alexan’s website advertises the complex’s stainless steel appliances, vinyl plank wood floors, granite countertops in kitchen and baths, and garden-style bath tub with ceramic tile.

The extent of damage to the apartments was not immediately available from its property management firm, Greystar.

Craig Jarvis: 919-829-4576, @CraigJ_NandO

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