Redwater Town Council was in shock after their most recent meeting.
 
They learned Pembina Place's roof has apparently been leaking in the corridor and dressing room for quite some time.
 
"We've got some venting on top and the flashing and everything have never fit right for the last couple of years," said mayor Mel Smith. "It leaks like a sieve."
 
The significant damage was likely caused by previous issues with heavy snow or possibly an intense hail storm. Councillor Les Dorosh thinks the roof was overloaded beyond its weight-bearing capacity.
 
Contractors have been brought in by the town to assess the extensive damage with estimates rocketing to $130,000 to fix the roof and the damage caused by the leak.
 
"We certainly didn't know it and some of the people over at the facility knew it, but didn't perhaps share it."
 
It's believed insurance won't cover the repairs so the six digit bill will have to come from the town's reserves.
 
"It should never have got to the point that it is," said Smith. "It's frustrating."
 
The repair work to the drywall, roof, insulation, ceiling, pipes and beams will have to take place during hockey season, causing a few disruptions according to Smith.
 
Town manager Deb Hamilton reassured council that the building and area is still safe for the public to use.

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