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Published: Tuesday, 1/14/2014

Broken water pipe fixed at Central Trail Elementary

A pipe burst in last week's cold and flooded six classrooms at Central Trail Elementary School. A pipe burst in last week's cold and flooded six classrooms at Central Trail Elementary School.
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A water pipe broke and partially flooded Central Trail Elementary School last week when the bitter cold engulfed the Toledo area.

Officials said the pipe broke from the sub-zero temperatures, leaking about an inch deep of water onto the floor of six classrooms on Friday. Crews worked to clean up the leak by that afternoon, said Nancy Crandell, school spokesman. It was the only one of the district's 14 buildings so affected by the weather, she said.

The estimate from the total damage hasn't bee tallied, but Ms. Crandell said it would be under the district's $1,000 insurance deductible amount.

Initial evaluations indicate the pipe was installed appropriately; however, architecture and engineering officials are trying to determine the cause of the break in the 1-year-old building, she said. 

The water line connects to an outside water spigot. It broke inside the building because of the extreme cold air that came through the pipe from the outside, she explained.

Drywall was removed to gain access to the pipe. Crews are working on second shift to repaint the newly installed walls.

The school district was closed five days last week because poor road conditions and sub-zero temperatures, so there were no classes affected because the school on Mitchaw Road in Sylvania Township was shut.

Students were in the affected classes on Monday.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or ntrusso@theblade.com, or on Twitter @natalietrusso. 

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