Pipe Burst Floods Rochester Hills Elementary School, Forces Closure

A pipe issue caused flooding in a Rochester Hills elementary school over the weekend, forcing the school to close on Monday.

According to the Rochester Community School District, a pipe burst in University Hills Elementary School on Saturday, resulting in water damage to several classrooms and hallways. The district said the water was quickly shut off and the cleanup process began immediately.

The district also said that the school’s fire suppression system was compromised due to the pipe issue, and that it was working with the fire department to ensure the safety of the building.

Pipe Burst Floods Rochester Hills Elementary School, Forces Closure
Pipe Burst Floods Rochester Hills Elementary School, Forces Closure

School Closed on Monday, Remote Learning Option Available

The district announced that the school will be closed on Monday, November 27, 2023, to allow for the completion of the cleanup and restoration work. The district said it will provide an update on the status of the school on Monday afternoon.

The district also said that it will offer a remote learning option for students who wish to continue their education during the closure. The district said it will send out more information on how to access the remote learning option on Monday morning.

Parents and Staff Express Concern and Support

Some parents and staff members expressed their concern and support for the school on social media. One parent said she was worried about the impact of the flooding on the students’ learning and well-being. Another parent said she was grateful for the district’s quick response and communication.

A staff member said she was proud of the school community for coming together in a difficult situation. She said she hoped the school would reopen soon and that the students and staff would be able to resume their normal activities.

Pipe Issues Common in Cold Weather

Pipe issues are common in cold weather, as water can freeze and expand inside the pipes, causing them to burst. Experts recommend taking some precautions to prevent pipe issues, such as:

  • Keeping the thermostat at a consistent temperature, preferably above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Insulating exposed pipes in unheated areas, such as basements, attics, and garages.
  • Opening cabinet doors under sinks to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Running a trickle of water from faucets that are connected to pipes that run through unheated areas.
  • Shutting off the main water valve and draining the pipes if the house is going to be vacant for a long time.

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