Thousands of gallons of water flood Dr. Brass School

Students at Dr. Brass School were given a few extra days off school after a major water break poured thousands of gallons of water throughout the building.

The issue was identified Friday by staff who entered the building “and found the fire alarms were going off,” said Good Spirit School Division Director of Education Quinton Robertson.

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Robertson said he was on-site by 8:15 Friday morning to learn a sprinkler line in the school had frozen and burst, leading to an estimated “10,000 gallons of water into the school.”

The break occurred on the second floor, with the water finding its way to the main floor and then the basement, explained Robertson.

The first process Friday was to turn buses around and to get students safely back home, said Robertson, who added the Division has protocols in place that they instituted with the water break disaster, which includes disseminating information to parents on the closure.

Crews were then brought on site, including dehumidifiers which had the humidity down to 20 per cent Monday, which Robertson said is below buildings of the type normally.

As it stood Monday afternoon Robertson said it was expected the school will reopen to classes Wednesday.

The school suffered a similar water break Jan. 2, 2018.

Robertson said they are looking into adding additional insulation in certain areas to mitigate the issue, as cold weather was the key issue in causing the breaks.

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