Burst water pipe closes El Capitan Elementary School

October 13, 2010 • Local News

Workers move items and perform clean-up duties at El Capitan Elementary School tuesday morning after a water leak partially flooded classroom, forcing the cancellation of school. (Mark Wilson Photo)

El Capitan Elementary School is closed the remainder of the week due to a burst pipe [auth] which left parts of the school under 4 inches of water, officials said. Roswell Independent School District Superintendent Michael Gottlieb said the damage occurred Monday night at around 10 p.m.

School officials worked through the night cleaning the building and an Albuquerque-based company was called in Tuesday to assess the damage and make repairs.

“There’s a whole bunch of stuf f that has to be done,” Gottlieb said.

“They’re going to need all the days, including Sunday, to get everything done.” Gottlieb said he hopes to have the school re-open on Oct. 18.

It’s the school’s second water leak due to a broken line, he said, adding that the age of the building makes it susceptible to such damage. Gottlieb couldn’t immediately give an estimate on the cost to make repairs.

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