Burst pipe at Grover Cleveland delays start of school (the Progress-online)

Burst pipe at Grover Cleveland delays start of school

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Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013 7:27 am | Updated: 12:18 pm, Mon Dec 16, 2013.

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CALDWELL - A burst pipe at Grover Cleveland Middle School in Caldwell delayed the start of school this morning, Monday, Dec. 16 by 90 minutes, officials say.

The school reopened at 10 a.m.

Superintendent Dr. James Heinegg said that a Uni-Vent unit attached to the ceiling of a third floor classroom broke at approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, spilling water into the classroom and through the floor into two classrooms below. Two other classrooms were also affected.

Heinegg said that mold or structural damage was unlikely since the water had been cleaned up so rapidly.

"In a sense, we were fortunate because the leak started at 5 a.m. and was cleaned up quickly after that," Heinegg said.

He has not yet calculated an estimated cost of the repairs, but Public Relations Representative Christine Corliss reported that all the clean-up work had been done by the school's maintenance crew.

The classrooms sustained no lasting damage, Corliss said, and should be useable "within a day."

Loose, wet or any suspicious tiles were removed from the ceiling for safety.

"We were somewhat fortunate in terms of the fact that our district maintenance staff and custodial staff did a great job," Heinegg said.