South Routt schools fix water leak

Tonight's Soroco basketball games to be played as scheduled

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— Tonight's high school basketball games in Oak Creek are on schedule despite a leaky water heater that canceled school today at Soroco High School and Soroco Middle School.

Kelly Reed, superintendent of the South Routt School District, and secondary principal James Chamberlin praised the district's custodial staff for catching the problem shortly after 4 a.m. this morning. South Routt Elementary School in Yampa was not impacted by this morning's leak. Reed said repairs are well under way and classes at all district schools will resume as normal Monday.

"We had a water heater that sprung a major leak, but it wasn't a water main. It flooded the boiler room, and we had to get the water shut off and allow the motors and circulating pumps to dry out before we could restart the heating units," Reed said. "So we were without heat, which is why we had to cancel school."

Reed said early this morning, there was "about three feet of water down there in the basement" at the high school, but no property damage occurred.

"We've got the heat back on and everything," Reed said Friday afternoon. "The maintenance people are repairing the water heater right now, so we're in good shape."

Chamberlin said custodian Frank Torres identified the problem just in time Friday morning.

"Frank Torres caught the leak early enough this morning that it didn't get up into the electronic systems of the boiler," Chamberlin said. "If it would have been about an hour later, it probably would have fried the circuit board. Frank was the hero in finding it."

Chamberlin said heat in the high school was restored Friday.

The Soroco High School girls basketball team is scheduled to play Meeker at 5:30 p.m. at the school. The Soroco boys play Meeker at 7 p.m.

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