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Burst pipe shuts down Hamilton Middle School

By Will Wadley, KECI Weekend Anchor, wwadley@keci.com
Published On: Dec 11 2013 05:12:55 PM MST
Updated On: Dec 11 2013 06:07:57 PM MST
Hamilton Middle School
HAMILTON, Mont. -

Frozen pipes forced administrators to close Hamilton Middle School on Wednesday in Ravalli County.

The pipes burst and flooded the school's boiler room overnight, cutting off water and heat to the building, and forcing administrators to cancel classes.

We're told middle schoolers can return to class tomorrow, but they'll be split up between an old high school facility and the elementary school.

The flooding did about $50,000 in damage, but Hamilton School District Superintendent Tom Korst says he's hopeful things will be back to normal when students return from winter break on January 6.

"We have a great staff -- great leadership team, great teachers, great parents, great everybody, good kids,” said Korst. “I think we're going to be just fine as far as this transition for the next seven days. There may be a bump here or there that we didn't expect, but great people."

For parents looking for more information, administrators are holding a special board meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Hamilton High School.  The meeting is open to the public.