Burst pipe floods school library in Montague

Steve Sharratt
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School closed for the day Monday

MONTAGUE – School is closed for the day at Montague Regional High School.

A burst pipe at the new regional high school caused damage to the library Sunday evening forcing three crews from a restoration company to sop up the mess.

“There was no significant damage and we have it all cleaned up now,’’ said Don Colbert of ServiceMaster Restoration at the scene around 8:30 p.m.

The company sent in three crews and trucks to deal with a pipe that burst in the ceiling above the library on the first floor and caused flooding to the hallways at the Montague regional high school.

Colbert said ceiling tiles were soaked and removed as the company employees searched for the faulty pipe in the ceiling infrastructure and made the necessary repairs.

“The only thing to collapse was a few ceiling tiles,’’ he said as the clean-up crew sucked up the last of the water and hauled away damaged acoustic tiles. “It’s just like any other pipe bursting…it let water get onto the floors.”

“There was no significant damage and we have it all cleaned up now,’’ Don Colbert, ServiceMaster Restoration

While there was some minor damage to some bookcases and books, the full extent of the damage won’t be totally assessed until the school reopens.

The school will remain closed Monday while officials assessed the problem. The new Montague regional high, a $20 million building, opened in 2010 and serves about 600 students.





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Recent comments

  • gov
    January 06, 2014 - 09:41

    Just the gov turning down the heat in the school's they are over budget but they can party for a year long party. PARTY ON !!

  • Back to School
    January 05, 2014 - 23:33

    The company working at the location were not "forced" to work. Your dramatics makes it sound like the employees are working for a dictator. Many of these restoration companies welcome over night and weekend jobs as they can bill the insurance companies accordingly. As for the school, this is not the first issue the building has had, maybe the province should be looking at the company which was contracted to build the school for repair costs.

  • Yeah well
    January 05, 2014 - 21:33

    Overheard last summer this school will be needed to be replaced within the next 20 yrs or less re faulty all over. So mark it down. Major problems exist now..what will it cost 20 yrs down the road. Just sayin'