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Water main break closes Harvard Junior High

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 7:16 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 10:31 a.m. CDT

HARVARD – Harvard Junior High School is closed today due to a water main break in the school's parking lot.

Crews were using ultra sound equipment this morning to locate the exact point of the leak before digging. District officials were hoping to open the school again on Thursday, Director of Facilities Steve Miller said.

The leak began at 6:30 a.m.

"Thankfully, we didn't have kids in in the morning yet," Superintendent Lauri Tobias said.

The water main – a private main operated by the district – is used for the school's fire protection. The break didn't damage the school, but students were held out because of the safety threat.

"We don't have water to provide to our fire protection," Miller said.

Freezing temperatures will cause additional issues once the break has been located and dug out, Miller said.

"We'll have a lot of ice to clean up on the parking lot," he said.

–Shawn Shinneman

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