Water line break causes high school closure

Juan Delgado, a grounds maintenance employee for Hermiston School District, mops up water from a floor at Hermiston High School on Thursday, Dec. 8, after a water break at the school. Because of the leak, school was dismissed early on Thursday and there will be no classes at Hermiston High on Friday.

Hermiston High School closed down Thursday afternoon after freezing temperatures caused a water line break that flooded parts of the northwest corner of the school.

The school will be closed Friday to assess and repair damages.

Hermiston School District sent out a press release shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday stating that students who had their own transportation or were within walking distance were being released immediately, while those who rode the bus would be waiting in the gymnasium or auditorium for their regular 3:35 p.m. bus pick-up.

Umatilla County Fire District 1 responded to water break after it set off a commercial alarm.

As of Thursday afternoon only high school classes had been canceled for Friday. Communications officer Maria Duron said the district does not have any snow days built into the district-wide calendar, so if Friday turns into a snow day for the rest of the district there will need to be a make-up day scheduled for later in the school year.

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