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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Elementary School Flooded By Burst Pipe

EDMOND — Repairs at Will Rogers Elementary School needed after a water pipe burst during the holiday break will likely be nearly complete next week.

Associate Superintendent Bret Towne said the roughly $40,000 in damage caused by the burst was discovered on Dec. 28 by the contractor already in the building working on new construction.

A piece of ductile iron that carries water into the building failed, Towne said.

The break occurred under the floor in the music room, where the worst damage was found, Towne said. Damage also occurred in the gym, where sections of the hard plastic floor were removed, gym storage rooms, a hallway, parts of three classrooms and the office, he said.

Fortunately, the gym floor will not have to be replaced, which would have cost an additional amount of about $60,000, Towne said. It is being professionally cleaned, and should be reinstalled by the end of next week, when about 90 percent of the work will be finished, he said.

“What saved us was not having to replace the gym floor,” Towne said.

Towne offered high praise for Edmond Public Schools personnel who came in off their holiday break to work on the project. Other in-house work will save the district about $5,000-$10,000, Towne said.

All the areas have been cleaned and sanitized, Towne said. The water that came from the pipe was fresh, treated water, not sewage, he said.

On Thursday, a company was brought in, the normal procedure when this type of damage occurs, to test the air quality and for the presence of mold, Towne said. The results of the tests will not be available for a couple of weeks, he said.

Students are back in the gym and most areas, but not in the music room, Towne said. No information was available on personal items that may have been damaged, Towne said.

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