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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Burst Pipe Damages Elementary School

EDMOND — Construction and remediation crews are working to repair between $50,000 and $75,000 in damage done to Will Rogers Elementary School over the holiday break from a burst water pipe.

Associate Superintendent Bret Towne said the pipe burst Dec. 28, flooding the gym, the music room, a few classrooms, the foyer of the school and offices.

Plastic tiles and cabinets in the gym have been taken up and the floor cleaned, Towne said. The carpet in the music room also has been removed and drywall and insulation replaced. Baseboards in the hallways near the gym and music room have been removed. Other rooms did not need to have carpet or drywall removed, Principal Sheron House said.

The music teacher lost some materials and some instruments but will assess those to see whether the damage is permanent, she said.

Luckily for the school, a construction crew was working on an addition to the school when the pipe burst, and they were able to alert school officials right away, House said.

“The situation was caught very quickly,” she said.

It is unknown how long the music room or the gym will be unusable. Towne said the gym floor is concrete underneath and already taped for basketball, so students should be able to play on that until tiles are replaced.

The district has hired a remediation company that specializes in drying walls and floors, he said.

Then the district will test for mold, Town said.

The district allowed a reporter and photographer into the school's music room this week but would not allow access to the gym. A strong musty odor was present in the hall.

House said children are being kept out of the rooms until crews give the all-clear.

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