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Water-line break closes HCC

April 04, 2007|By ERIN CUNNIGHAM

HAGERSTOWN

A water-line break caused Hagerstown Community College to be closed Wednesday for about six hours.

The break occurred about 9 a.m., and the campus was closed from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Late-afternoon and evening classes were held as scheduled, according to the school's Web site.

City of Hagerstown spokeswoman Karen Giffin said a private contractor dug through a private water line on the HCC campus. That caused a temporary loss of water pressure at the campus.

Staff from Hagerstown's water department responded, but the private contractor was making repairs, Giffin said.

Washington County Public Schools spokeswoman Carol Mowen said that afternoon prekindergarten at the early childhood education center on campus was canceled. The morning prekindergarten program was held as scheduled.

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"It appeared the water issue would affect the afternoon program," Mowen said. "Since there were going to be issues with the water, we were unsure whether we would have adequate water for the afternoon session."

About 40 to 50 students are enrolled in both sessions.

Hagerstown Community College spokeswoman Beth Stull was unable to be reached Wednesday.

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