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Vandals cause at least $4,000 in damage to Ocean Beach waterslide

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New London — At least $4,000 in damage was done to the waterslide at Ocean Beach Park late Sunday night or early Monday morning, causing the attraction to close for two days so far.

The vandalism occurred while the park was closed and the damage was discovered by workers early Monday morning. A pipe that feeds water into the slide was broken, causing extensive flooding and mud to pour into the area. Fencing that surrounds the slide also was damaged and two signs were stolen, according to Jeff Mullen, who owns and operates the slide, rides and arcade at the park.

"It was just so destructive," he said. "It's terrible. Why would people do this?"

Cleanup and repair crews spent all day Monday and most of Tuesday removing about 6 inches of dirt and mud from the area surrounding the slide and cleaning out the attraction. That work will cost an estimated $4,000 to $5,000, Mullen said. He said he hopes the slide will reopen Wednesday.

Mullen said he contacted the New London Police Department and Mayor Michael Passero right away and was hopeful that the person or persons who caused the damage would be caught and held responsible.

New London police still were investigating as of Tuesday afternoon, Capt. Matthew Galante said.


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