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Water leak closes Clear Spring Elementary

September 29, 1999

CLEAR SPRING - Water leaking from a kitchen dishwasher at Clear Spring Elementary School early Wednesday shorted out the school's electrical system, forcing officials to cancel classes for the day.

Dennis McGee, director of facilities management, estimated repairs would take about four hours, said Donna Messina, spokesman for the Washington County School Board.

The unexpected holiday affected 422 students, K-5, and the staff, Messina said. School will reopen Thursday, McGee said.

The initial call came in at 6:44 a.m. for the school at 12627 Broadfording Road. Firefighters from Clear Spring, Williamsport, Maugansville and Franklin County were dispatched to the scene.

Other units from Hancock and other more distant companies were sent home before arriving at the scene.

Messina said when the electrical panel got wet and shorted out, the breakers were thrown, cutting off all power to the school. Some smoke was generated when the incident occurred, she said.

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She noted that the panel was in the basement of the old building and didn't affect any of the new construction which is ongoing in the building.

The situation was corrected at 7:24 a.m., fire officials said.

-Marlo Barnhart

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