Matt Lasley Reporter
January 9, 2014
Leitchfield’s Hatfield Inn has been temporarily closed due to severe water damages obtained during the recent cold front.
On Monday, January 6, the inn’s attic sprinkler system froze, causing the sprinklers to be pushed out of the ceiling at around 10:30 p.m., said Hatfield Inn Manager Margaret Rigdon in an interview following the incident.
When the sprinklers burst from the ceiling, the water from the sprinkler system flooded more than 50% of the the hotel, according to Hatfield Inn Co-Founder/Owner Dorothy Hatfield.
“The next day, water was above your feet,” Rigdon said. “…Everything on that side of the building has to be re-done.”
According to Hatfield, the inn was about half full of guests on Monday night, who were safely moved to the inn’s lobby when the flooding began.
“Everything went smoothly,” Hatfield said. “We prepare every year for exactly this happening.”
Hatfield Inn is expected to be re-opened by Saturday, March 1, by which time the inn will have been fully renovated.
“We’re going to restore the entire hotel,” said Hatfield, who reassured that no inn employees will be laid off during Hatfield Inn’s reconstruction.
“We’re going to be back better than ever,” Rigdon added.
Rigdon and Hatfield wished to thank the Leitchfield Fire and Police Departments for their assistance during the flooding on Monday.
“We’re so pleased with how they handled things,” Rigdon said.
In an e-mail on Wednesday, Jan. 8, Becky Escue, Director of the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce, said until Hatfield Inn re-opens, anyone in need of overnight lodging is encouraged to contact the Chamber for a list of local businesses that offer this service.
The Grayson County Chamber of Commerce may be contacted by phone at 270-259-5587.