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Published August 26, 2010, 06:15 PM

Broken Water Pipe Shuts Valley Middle School Down For One Day

After a day of pumping water and cleaning out mud, officials with Valley Middle School in Grand Forks say school will continue on time tomorrow.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

After a day of pumping water and cleaning out mud, officials with Valley Middle School in Grand Forks say school will continue on time tomorrow.

Valley shutdown after a 6-inch water pipe burst this morning flooding part of the school.

"Quite a bit of cleanup in those ten classrooms," said Dr. Larry Nybladh, Superintendent of Grand Forks Schools.

16 inches of water filled those Classrooms, hallways and stairwells of Valley Middle School in Grand Forks today. The pipe burst Thursday morning.

" We've lost instructional materials, it didn't reach the computers. Carpets look like a loss. Students tend to pile their books on the bottoms if their lockers..they were all exposed," said Nybladh.

The pipe broke on 5th Avenue North just outside of the school. The pressure sent water and mud into the lower north east level. The head custodian noticed the flooded hallways coming into work and within minutes, the fire department was there.

"They just brought some trash pumps with them. Just helped pump the water. They just have a huge mess to cleanup," said Captain Jason Swope with the Grand Forks Fire Department.

Nybladh cancelled school for the day, just one day after it had started.

" We felt it best to keep the students away from that environment."

A silver lining? No school, of course.

"I think it'll last til tomorrow. I thought it was pretty cool," said 13-year-old Logan Kilchowski, an 8th grader at Valley Middle School.

With a temporary water pipe from the city, and a little creativity, there will be school tomorrow.

" Water seems to be gone. Everything's looking good down there," said Swope.

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