Edmond North classes canceled due to water main break

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EDMOND, Okla. – Labor Day weekend is now one day longer for students at Edmond North High School, as a water main break forced the cancellation of classes for 2,650 students Tuesday.

No one from the school knew about the break until someone driving by the school saw water pouring out of the front doors.

That person called police, who then contacted school officials who showed up to find gallons of water and mud flooding the school.

Edmond Public Schools spokesperson Susan Parks Schlepp said a water main break flooded 20 classrooms, the kitchen, cafeteria, and a few hallways late Saturday night.

School officials say crews worked all Saturday night and all Sunday night to clean up the mess.

"I'm excited, this is the best thing that could possibly have happened," Marques Wilson, an Edmond North student, said.

"I heard about it last night on snap chat," Ralph Hill, another student, said.

Students are thrilled they got a bonus day added to Labor Day weekend, but the school is scrambling to restore order.

"The source was in the kitchen, in our main kitchen area, and it also extended into the cafeteria, down some hallways and it damaged some 20 classrooms and the office," Schlepp says.

What was supposed to be a rest day left Edmond custodians putting in hard labor.

"We have the clean-up, you can imagine we have not just water, but all of that mud, in some cases the mud was this thick," Schlepp said.

"I hope this doesn't take very long and it's not good when kids are unattended at home," Kristin Davis, an Edmond North parent said.

And it's not only clean-up officials are worried about.

"The issue right now is whether we can get the water main functioning again, and get water to the restrooms in the central part of the building," Schlepp said. "We had to condemn all of the food, and that's thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars of food, because we wanted to be safe, we just don't take any chances with things like that."

"I think the most important thing is for the kids to be safe, and so however long it takes for them to get things situated is the best scenario for everybody," Sabreena Coleman, another Edmond North parent, says.

It's a tremendous task at hand that students are taking advantage of.

"The politically correct answer would be 'I'll be studying tomorrow'," Wilson said, "That's right, he'll be studying," his mother Coleman said.

Staff members will still attend a meeting Tuesday morning.

We're told crews have been working around the clock to get things cleaned up.

Officials were not able to tell us if school will be ready by Wednesday, but they will continue to reassess and make changes as needed.

 

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