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Elizabethtown school closes after flooding from sprinkler malfunction

Bear Creak School

Overnight flooding prompted the closure of an Elizabethtown Area School District school today.

A sprinkler malfunction caused flooding at Bear Creek School, according to a statement from the district.

For an unknown reason, the sprinkler system went off in the fifth grade wing of the school around 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to district spokesman Troy Portser.

“There’s different levels of damage depending on the classroom,” Portser said.

Three or four of the rooms suffered “substantial damage,” he said.

About 900 students in fourth through sixth grade attend the school at 1459 Sheaffer Road.

“The good news is, we are fully insured. Thanks to quick thinking by our administration, a restoration team came in overnight and worked through the morning,” Portser said.

The school had previously scheduled days off for spring break Thursday and Friday, he said. The break was supposed to continue through Monday, but that will be used as a make up day.

“We fully expect students to return to school on Monday,” Portser said.

Porster declined to give a damage estimate and said it will be covered by insurance. The cause of the malfunction is still being investigated, he said.

“The decision to cancel school for the Bear Creek School only was not made lightly but is necessary to ensure student, faculty, and staff safety as the sprinkler system and damage it caused is repaired,” the district said in a statement.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” the district said.

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