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Roof Leak Closes Gundersen Health Sparta Clinic


SPARTA, Wis. (WXOW) – Gundersen Health System's Sparta Clinic is closed for the rest of the week after a roof leak led to water damage inside the building.

Snow melted on the roof of the clinic building on Monday and the water from the roof built up in a frozen storm sewer between the building and Oak Street.

As a result, water backed up into the Gundersen building through the flooring and exam room sinks on Monday afternoon. Water damaged flooring and dry wall in five exam rooms, the medical staff office, and the main lobby.

"As the day got warmer, the water became deeper," Sparta Clinic Manager David Campbell said. "It was totally unforeseen circumstances. The 60-degree weather yesterday and the rapid melt just caused significant water to build up on the roof, which was totally unanticipated."

Roof leaks in March are very typical in the Midwest. According to La Crosse Ledegar Roofing Residential Department Manager Alex Koonce, the current weather is perfect for roof leaks.

"With heaping large snowfalls that we had, and now the warmer weather, that snow has got to go somewhere and what it's doing now is it's melting and that is what is causing all of the issues," Koonce said.

According to Koonce, Ledegar Roofing has received an increased amount of phone calls compared to previous months, as their company is fixing as many as 40 roof leaks per week.

Koonce says the best way to avoid roof leaks is to make sure no ice dams or icicles are forming along roof gutters. If water is overflowing in the gutters, Koonce says water has no where to go but into a homeowner's roof, which could result in damaged drywall, mildew, and mold inside a person's home.

Campbell said the Sparta Clinic has no further roof leaking issues, but the clinic will remain closed to replace interior flooring and drywall.

The Sparta Clinic will still be available by phone for patients at (608) 269-6731. If patients need to see a doctor in-person, Sparta Clinic Medical Staff members will also be available to see patients at the Gundersen Clinic in Tomah during the week. To contact the Tomah clinic, patients can call their toll-free number, 1-800-554-0380.

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