Local Companies Help Pay For Damage After Burst Pipe Floods Lowell High

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LOWELL, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The music department of Lowell High School found itself quite literally underwater after a pipe broke in the school's basement music wing over the weekend.

But the show must go on, according to auto magnate and philanthropist Ernie Boch, Jr:

"I couldn't believe it, there were guitars floating, sheet music, it looked like it was three feet deep... it was so compelling, I just had to get involved," he said.

The flood reached heights of up to six feet in some music rooms, according to the Lowell Sun. Boch said his non-profit Music Drives Us would pay for the school's destroyed musical instruments and sheet music.

Another non-profit, Hollywood Salvage in Westborough, pledged to help the school's theater department, which lost much of its wardrobe and sets.

"We were happy to step in and help them with anything we could... to help them get their theater group back on their feet and put this bad news behind them," said co-founder Mike Gwynn.

Hollywood Salvage rents and sells movie set props, and will cover the cost of costumes, set pieces, and lumber.

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports:

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