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Pipe breaks at high school

Water leak won’t affect school Monday or finals

Jack Weinstein

— A broken pipe resulted in water leaking into several classrooms and the gymnasium Sunday afternoon at Steamboat Springs High School.

Lt. Travis Wilkinson, of Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, said a sprinkler above a staircase on the east side of the school broke. He said the cause was not yet determined, but there was no fire. Wilkinson said, at times, there were several inches of standing water in classrooms. Principal Kevin Taulman said water leaked into the pottery classroom, art classroom, photo lab, metal shop and classroom and the woodworking lab, in addition to the gym. Some computers, a television, DVD player and VCR got wet. Aside from that, Taulman said, no other equipment was damaged.

Taulman said school wouldn't be canceled today, nor did he anticipate any classrooms being closed.

"We'll be fine," he said. "We'll be up and running by (today), no problem."

Taulman added that the water leak also wouldn't affect students' finals, which start today.

Superintendent Shalee Cun­ningham said any damage would be covered by the district's insurance. As of Sunday afternoon, she said, there was no damage estimate.

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Wilkinson said Fire Rescue crews were paged to a water flow alarm at 1:17 p.m. Sunday.

"When we got here, we found water flowing, so we shut down the system and assisted them with cleanup," he said.

Using squeegees, firefighters pushed water out of the upstairs art rooms and down a staircase to a doorway, where another firefighter pushed water outside. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue crews assisted with cleanup until just before 3 p.m., when they were dispatched to other calls.

Taulman called Steam Xpress to finish removing water from the school and to dry the carpet.

Bill Andrews, owner of Steam Xpress, said it likely would take until Sunday night to finish extracting the water. He said portable fans and dehumidifiers would be placed near where the water leaked. Andrews estimated that it would take about 48 hours for the carpet to dry.

The incident at the high school wasn't the only broken pipe Sunday in Steamboat.

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue also was dispatched to the Alpiner Lodge downtown and Bear Lodge at Trappeur's Crossing near the base of Steamboat Ski Area. In both cases, broken water pipes caused water leaks. Like the high school, firefighters shut off the water and assisted with cleanup.

Wilkinson said the cause of the other two broken water pipes weren't determined. He said if they burst because of the recent frigid temperatures, they could have been frozen for several days before water was able to thaw out and begin flowing.

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 871-4203 or e-mail jweinstein@steamboatpilot.com