HANCOCK- The frigid weather from over the past weekend caused significant damage to Hancock Grammar School.
All week, school officials have been working to clean up flooding from a pipe that burst on Saturday.
“We actually had a control valve that failed and that caused the heat to stop working. The temperatures were really cold, the pipes froze in the entryway and burst and that caused the flooding,” Hancock School Department Superintendent Katrina Kane said.
Throughout the week, students have had half-days of school while the damage was addressed.
Currently, the whole mid-wing of the school is quarantined after hundreds of gallons flooded the hallway and classrooms.
Kane said the flooding almost made it to the school’s gymnasium.
“It could have been much worse because the water was traveling and filling classrooms and had it gone any further into classrooms we certainly would have had damaged materials and things of that nature and we did not, so we were fortunate,” she said.
She estimated the repair costs to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.
She also said all the repairs should be completed by Jan. 31 and that affected students and teachers will be moved back into the school’s mid-wing.