Helena High School to remain closed due to second water main break

Posted at 6:50 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 20:52:10-05

HELENA – School leaders say Helena High School will remain closed on Wednesday.

A press release states:
URGENT: Helena High School will be closed again tomorrow, March 6, 2019, due to a second water main break.
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The decision was made to close the school Monday night after a water line burst. Crews could be seen in front of Helena High School Tuesday digging through the ice, snow and frozen ground to repair the pipe.

Superintendent, Tyler Ream says the school did suffer some damage from the busted pipe. Contractors are working to determine when they can reopen the school. Parents and staff will be notified as soon as possible.

“A water main is a difficult thing to fix to repair and the conditions in which we are trying to repair it, make it much more difficult. The break is actually near main city line, which is just off of the street and so and if you were to drive by right now, there’s an excavator that is digging up the Earth to try and get at that problem,” said Ream.

March 5 was the second day in a row that the district had to close a school because of a weather related issue.

A power outage forced school officials to close Rossiter Elementary on Monday March 4. Ream said while the building was without heat, a pipe froze causing minor damage to the school which was reopened the following day.

Ream continued, “We also have ice and snow and everything else we have to deal with we don’t know yet what our plan is for tomorrow—a lot of that is dependent on what we can get done this afternoon so we are going to try and make they call in as early as we can, based on the best information that we have from out contractors.”