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Water main break causes flooding, closes 3 Lakota schools Monday

Posted: 12:10 PM, Feb 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-04 12:10:45-05
Lakota schools water main break

Three Lakota schools are closed Monday because of a water main break, according to the district’s superintendent.

West Freshman, Creekside Early Childhood and the Career Readiness Academy are closed, Superintendent Matt Miller tweeted this morning.

Rick Adleta, maintenance engineer for Lakota Schools, told WCPO media partner the Journal-News the water main break was discovered at approximately 5:30 a.m. and caused flooding in parts of Lakota West freshman school’s front parking lot.

“The ground froze last week and expanded into the (buried) pipe,” said Adleta from the scene as workers dug four feet down into the parking lot to get to the pipe.

The pipe feeds the freshman school and is 2.5 inches in diameter.

The adjacent career academy school and early childhood school, which share the campus with the freshman school, were closed as well, not because of water problems but because of the traffic problems caused by workers digging up the water pipe.

Workers at the site said it was too early to tell if the pipe can be repaired so that schools can reopen Tuesday.