Water main break affects High Point school

Jan. 09, 2014 @ 03:55 PM

City of High Point crews spent this morning coping with another water line break during a week when a rash of lines have ruptured because of the weather.

The report of a broken water main at W. Lexington Avenue and Kentucky Street came in about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. Water service was restored late Thursday morning to eight residences, Northwood Elementary School and the Emerywood Veterinarian Hospital.
“Repairs are currently still being made in the 800-block of W. Lexington Avenue between Florida and Kentucky streets on a 12-inch water main, and the road is closed during this period until this is completed,” said Patrick Martin with the city of High Point Public Services Department.
Detour routes have been posted around the scene of the water main break, Martin told The High Point Enterprise.
A spokeswoman for the Guilford County Schools said the break cut off water to Northwood Elementary School, though classes weren’t cancelled. The school system did have contingency plans, though, such as bringing in bag lunches for children.
Public service and emergency crews have stayed busy across the city and area this week responding to ruptured pipes that leaked either because of the extreme cold or as the ground thawed around water lines.
At High Point University, sprinkler system pipes burst at the School of Communication Tuesday afternoon and in the School of Education early Wednesday morning. The ruptured pipes causes some cancellation of classes.
In north High Point, the cold weather caused a sprinkler pipe to freeze and burst at Palladium Park Apartments Tuesday evening. The burst pipe caused the apartment building to partially collapse, but there were no major injuries.