Burst pipes shut down Frisco child care center

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by SHON GABLES

WFAA

Posted on February 3, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 3 at 7:05 PM

FRISCO — After two snow days off from school, teachers returned to SandCastle Private School in Frisco Thursday and got quite a surprise.

"When I walked in this door there was two inches of water pouring out," said Liz Dukes, assistant director at the child care center that serves 165 young people.

Instead of teaching in their classrooms, the staff spent Thursday cleaning the building at 10749 North County Road.

"We're mopping, squeegeeing... yada yada," said teacher Tisha Conaster.

Overnight, an outdoor water faucet which had been outfitted with protective gear to prevent freezing, froze. That triggered the connecting water line to burst.

Thousands of gallons of water were dumped into the school's ceiling, and that water dripped to the floor, seeped into the walls, and soaked into the wood.

"Oh it’s just awful!" exclaimed SandCastle teacher Tina Million.

Students were expected to return to school Thursday. The hope is now they can get back into the classroom on Monday.

If parents are really stuck, school officials said they can go to one of SandCastle's sister schools and see if there is availability.

The school is working to have the damage cleaned up over the weekend.

E-mail  sgables@wfaa.com

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