School resumes at Montague high

Steve Sharratt
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Heat fans to dry out the ceiling are deployed in the library at Montague regional high school Monday following a burst pipe the day before that flooded part of the school.

Burst pipes caused flooding Sunday night

MONTAGUE — Restoration crews were tearing out wet tiles and using heat fans to dry the interior of the high school library here Monday following a minor flood the day before.

A sprinkler system pipe burst in the ceiling of the Montague Regional High School library Sunday at noon and flooded the room and the hallway with a few inches of water.

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“It’s a very unfortunate accident, but the water was stopped before it hit the gym floor and that would have made things a lot worse,’’ said Education Minister Alan McIsaac, who visited the school Monday morning.

“We have Servicemaster and the staff getting things under control and doing a great job.”

The mishap caused the cancellation of classes Monday; however, it’s back to school for the 600 or so students today.

“We’re not sure about the extent of damage at this point,’’ said principal Seana Evans-Renaud. “It will take a few days to dry out the electronics and to reset and test all the systems.”

English Language School Board property director John Cummings toured the site and said damage was relatively minimal.

“We had a few inches of water to contend with and it caused some minimal damage overall, but we’re still checking everything.”

Cummings said ceiling tiles were ruined and some books in the library were damaged, but attempts are being made to salvage them in a drying oven.

Some furniture was flooded by the leak, but computers and electronics mostly escaped.

The roof overhang above the library’s exterior wall sustained damage and is sagging, but that was due to an earlier mishap in which gutters backed up and filled with ice.

“I have no idea on the cost of this damage at this point,” said McIsaac. “And I’m not laying any blame, but we will meet with the contractor to resolve the matter.”

School officials would not allow the The Guardian to photograph the interior from inside the school.

Cummings said the broken sprinkler pipe set off a sensor which alerted the Montague fire department Sunday.

School resumed today but the library will remain out of service for a period of time.

Baseboard and some gyproc will need to be replaced as well.

Organizations: Montague Regional High School, Language School Board, The Guardian

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