LCCVI basement turned into a swimming pool – damage likely to be costly

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Electricians, heating and cooling experts and disaster restoration crews are at LCCVI assessing the damage after a two-inch water pipe broke filling the school’s basement.

Director of Education Jim Costello says around 9 am yesterday someone noticed a pipe in the basement gushing water. The school was quickly evacuated and the students sent home. In an hour and a half, the water was six to seven feet deep and 10 feet deep in some spots, according to Costello. “That’s the deep end of a pool.”

About 38,000 gallons of water was pumped out of the basement yesterday. Today, they’re assessing the boiler and the electrical panels which are all housed downstairs.

Costello isn’t sure whether there will be school Friday but “it doesn’t look good” right now (Thursday at 9 am).

And he’s expecting the repairs to building will be costly.

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