Water Main Break Closes Port Jefferson Elementary School

Pipe put in place over 50 years ago when school was first built, according to Superintendent.

No doubt there were young children rejoicing in Port Jefferson on Tuesday morning.

A water pipe to Edna Louise Spears Elementary School burst on school property near the custodial entrance to the building on Monday afternoon causing school to be cancelled on Tuesday, according to Superintendent Kenneth Bossert.

Fortunately there wasn't any flooding because the water was all underground and caught in the nick of time.

School crews along with private contractors assisted by the Suffolk County Water Authority have been working nonstop to get it fixed. Becuse water to the building was turned off while repairs were made, school had to be closed for the day.

"We are very confident it will be 100 percent repaired by tomorrow morning," said Bossert, much to the consternation of many younglings but most likely music to  their parents' ears.

According to Bossert, the broken pipe was from the original construction of the building over 50 years ago.

"The pipe put in to replace it should last longer that that," he said.


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