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Busted water main forces school closure
Middle school students miss one day of classes
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A mysterious two-inch hole in a four-inch wide water main resulted in some flooding and a day of no classes at the Platteville Middle School on Friday.
According to Art Beaulieu, director of business and auxiliary services for the Platteville School District, the night custodian noticed water on the cafeteria floor at about 10:45 p.m. on Thursday. The water leak was found to be coming from a water main leading into the building by the commons on the lower level of the school. The water was shut off, but not before about one-inch of water flooded the commons, the teachers' lounge, the kitchen, and other areas of the lower level.
Beaulieu noted they did not lose any food or other items as they are all stored on pallets off the floor.
The hole in the pipe was patched at about 11 a.m. on Friday, the water was vacuumed off the floor, fans dried the remaining moisture and classes resumed as normal on Monday.
Some of the damage is expected to be covered by the school district's insurance.
"We're lucky it wasn't more serious than it was," said Beaulieu.