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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pipe Damage Floods 2 Gilbert High Schools

Pipes at two Gilbert high schools sustained damage over the weekend, leaving parts of the schools partially flooded as classes resumed Monday.
A pipe approximately 4 feet underground broke early New Year's Day at Highland High School, leaving the cafeteria flooded with 2 feet of water.
Gilbert Public Schools spokeswoman Dianne Bowers said the broken pipe was not caused by the cold temperatures over the winter holiday. She said preliminary investigations indicate flange bolts on pipes connected to the fire-sprinkler system broke and caused the flooding.

Emergency crews were sent to handle cleanup and engineers are currently assessing the damage. Bowers said the district will not know the cost of the damage until the assessment is completed.
Class schedules were not affected by the flooding. However, the cafeteria was closed indefinitely and a temporary cafeteria was set up for breakfast and lunch in one of the school's gymnasiums.
Campo Verde High School also sustained water damage over the winter break due to a frozen coil on a cooling system in one of the school's buildings. Bowers said the hallway and 13 classrooms were flooded.
East Valley Disaster Services personnel worked to dry the area and take measures to prevent future problems, Bowers said. All but three classrooms were used Monday.

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