East Stroudsburg, Monroe County – Parents were shocked to get the call Thursday morning; school was cancelled at East Stroudsburg High School South. Parent Keisha Pitt said, "They're ready to go to school. So many days, not too much they can do in the house."
This time school wasn’t closed for snow, ice, or cold. It was a water main break. The school cannot operate without running water.
Borough Manager Jim Phillips called school district Superintendent Sharon Laverdure before four Thursday morning. She said, "I was really very appreciative that he did call me that early."
He explained borough workers cleaning storm drains noticed water bubbling out of the ground across from the high school. They had to turn off water service while they broke through the ground to get to the pipe."After you get through the initial asphalt layers there's about four or six inches of concrete they have to jackhammer through,” said Phillips.
It took several hours to break through the ground then figure out what was wrong. It looks like an old service line rotted and broke. Assistant Public Works Foreman Dan Strunk explained, "Years ago they forgot how to turn old services off and every once in a while we find one."
They fixed the problem. Water was running again by 11:30.
Laverdure doesn’t believe the high school students will have to make up the day off. She explained, "We will apply for a waiver with the Department of Education and typically when we've done this in the past they have honored them in emergencies such as this."