Principal Bruce Fritzler said water was seen “coming out the gym doors” on Monday.
Two classrooms had to be relocated, one to an art room and the other to the library. The school’s gymnasium took the brunt of the damage.
Staff had to haul in pails of water to flush toilets and supply bottled water for drinking.
As of 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Fritzler said water had been restored. Once the clean up is finished, classes will be “back to normal.”
Winmar is working to clean the school, one of a dozen calls they’ve received since the water main break.
Owner Kyle Jacques said after the crews assess the water damage, they will give the space three to four days to dry out. He said it could take up to two weeks to get everything back into place.
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“The desks and furniture and everything will all get wiped down and disinfected so that it’s safe for the kids to return,” Jacques said.
Down the road from the school, city crews have 9th Avenue Northwest closed between Fairford and Montgomery Street while they fix the break.
The city said the closure could be in place for the rest of the week as crews battle the intense cold.
“With these temperatures, it slows everything down,” said the city’s utilities manager, Darrin Stephanson. “Whether it’s equipment breaking through the frost or the personnel themselves that have to work with the parts when they’re actually in these holes … it’s not a pleasant situation when we’re at these temperatures.”
Stephanson said crews are focusing on fixing the water main, before digging deeper to reach the sewer line, which was also damaged in the break.
“The break did penetrate the sewer line, which pumped water into the sewer main which did cause a backup in a widespread area,” Stephanson said. “Not every home will get hit. It will depend on the elevation of each line.”
Stephanson said he doesn’t have a total count yet, but more than 20 homes were hit with sewer backup.
Water was expected to be restored to all 30 properties Tuesday afternoon.
The city said sewer services should not be affected as repairs continue.