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Broken water main will keep Colstrip schools closed on Friday

Posted at 6:04 PM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 20:04:06-05

The entire Colstrip School District was closed on Thursday because of a broken water main and will remain closed Friday.

Crews are hard at work on the repairs trying to get things fixed and cleaned up, so kids can resume classes as soon as possible.

Students in Colstrip will not have class on Friday.

The crews have figured out a way to get water to the Colstrip High School, Frank Brattin Middle School and Pine Butte Elementary School, but are waiting for parts to connect with another source from the city.

Custodians found the problem around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The broken water main damaged to six classrooms and the kitchen at the high school.

Lunches are made in the high school kitchen for the middle school and elementary school, so all the schools were closed.

Once the parts arrive, Superintendent Bob Lewandowski expects that all three schools will be open.

"We're teaming with the city and bringing the water source from a different direction,” Lewandowski said. “It'll be temporary. It'll be above ground and it'll hook into our current system. A different spigot so to speak fitting into our system and we'd be able to bring the water in through the other side of the school. That would provide us the water needed, absolutely."

Lewandowski expects the temporary fix to work and will know on Friday, if the schools will open on Monday.

He said while this affects classes, sports teams will still be traveling on Friday.