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Burst pipe at Wellesley High School floods classrooms, closes wood shop

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  January 8, 2014 04:17 PM

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Wellesley High School's band room, pictured, is one of the classrooms that was flooded by a burst pipe Monday.

A burst pipe caused by extreme cold flooded parts of Wellesley High School last weekend, causing the closure of the the building's wood shop classroom this week while crews dry out the area, according to school officials.

Almost an inch of water flooded the wood shop. Students in woodworking classes are spending the week designing projects on school computer labs, said Wellesley Superintendent David Lussier. Flooding in the band room was not as serious and the band is able to use the room this week, Lussier said.

Meanwhile, Wellesley's insurance company has been sending a team to the school each day to suck the moisture out of the floor and walls to prevent extensive damage to the building, which opened in February 2012.

"We were able to vacuum up and squeegee the water quickly Monday morning," said Joe McDonough, the town's maintenance director. "In this particular case, it was the extraordinary cold that caused it. This is a copper water pipe with an exterior faucet, and it burst close to the exterior wall."

McDonough said maintenance officials immediately checked about 2 dozen other pipes in the school that are similar to the one that burst on Monday, and all else was fine with the school, he said.

McDonough said the district is still waiting on a full report from the insurance company, which would include if the company is footing the whole bill or would require a deductible from the town.

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