Frozen pipe breaks, floods new gym at Edna Drinkwater school

Kitchen also water-damaged
By Ben Holbrook | Jan 06, 2017
Photo by: File photo/The Republican Journal Edna Drinkwater Elementary School in March 2016, while construction was still under way. Flooding cause by burst pipes in December 2016 damaged the kitchen and new gymnasium floor.

Northport — Northport school officials are working with the district’s insurance company to replace the gym floor after a frozen pipe flooded the space.

Superintendent Judy Lucarelli said in an email that a pipe above the kitchen froze and then burst over the weekend in mid-December, flooding the kitchen and gym. As a result of the flooding, the gym floor needs to replaced.

No kitchen equipment was damaged in the flooding, Lucarelli said.

The pipe that froze runs to a new outdoor faucet and is located in an unheated space above the kitchen.

That replacement work is expected to be completed by the end of March, the superintendent said, and the school's insurance should cover the cost of repairs. The water did not affect a music room that abuts the gym.

The mishap comes on the heels of an open house where community members were invited to tour the gym, which was newly renovated, along with additional classroom space.

Because the gym is not usable until the floor is replaced, students are eating lunch in their classrooms and physical education is taking place in the eighth grade classroom.

Board members are scheduled to discuss replacing the floor during their monthly meeting Jan. 10.

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