Pipe bursts, damages Owasso school


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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 1/08 5:16 pm Published: 1/08 4:57 pm


The changing weather damaged water mains across Green Country.

FOX23 learned one break in Owasso damaged five classrooms at an elementary school.

A pipe inside the roof of Mills Elementary broke. No kids were at the school at the time, but the kids are still feeling the impact.

"We have just relocated them in the building and everybody's working together," said Mills Elementary Principal Stacey Schovanec.

She had her hands full Tuesday.

"In one particular class room is where the pipe burst, and it affected her classroom the worst so a lot of her own belongings and items that she had purchased herself were destroyed," she said.

Schovanec found out when she got the call from her staff.

"I think it was up to her ankle, to the custodian's ankle when she first got here. And it was seeping out into the hallway," she said.

She gave FOX23 a tour through the school and pointed out the mess left behind.

A third grade classroom sustained the worst damage.

"So, there's two on one side that didn't get very much damage and there's two on the other side that got fairly wet and they've had to be removed as well," she said.

She told FOX23 they already pushed out barrels of trash from the room.

"We have lost some books and some supplies from the kids," she said.

Most of the furniture is still intact.

Water came out the ceiling from a half-inch copper line.

"A couple of bookshelves are wet so we're just waiting to see if they're going to dry or if they're going to be usable," said Schovanec.

Until then these stacks of soiled supplies beneath the alphabet will remain untouched.

The district has repaired the line. The principal said students should be able to move back into at least most of those classrooms by the end of the week.


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