Alarm brings prompt response to burst pipe at elementary school
Hope — Hope Elementary School will probably reopen Wednesday, Jan. 29, after a sprinkler pipe burst Saturday morning, Jan. 25, School Union 69 Superintendent Nancy Weed said.
Weed said it was fortunate the pipe that burst was a sprinkler pipe, because it triggered an alarm that brought Hope Fire Department to the scene around 11 a.m. Saturday. She said the fire department “did an incredible job” with the initial cleanup.
Superior Restoration was then called in to finish cleaning up the water and place dehumidifiers and heaters in the middle school wing, where the mishap occurred. Weed said the water followed the carpet from the hall into the library, a seventh-grade classroom and the area by the main office. Because the walls are cement block, she said, there was no damage to them.
All the books had to be moved out of the library so that shelves could be moved to get at the wet carpet beneath them. She added that there was no damage to the books in the library, and she believes any other damage was minimal.
Weed said after talking to Superior Restoration during the day Monday, Jan. 27, it was decided to wait at least one more day so recovery from the accident could be completed.
Sarah E. Reynolds is copy editor for the Courier Gazette and Camden Herald.
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