High school in Warwick closed due to water main break

Credit: Joseph Solomon 

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE): Toll Gate High School in Warwick will be closed this upcoming week due to a water main break, according to the Mayor. 

The break happened Saturday morning and flooded the cafeteria, auditorium, and several classrooms. 

“Please be assured we are doing everything possible to ensure that Toll Gate High School is safe, cleaning, and in working order for our students,” Mayor Joseph Solomon said.

According to an email sent out to parents and students, the school will be closed from Monday, February 10th through Friday, February 14th. 

”I know some folks might think that’s a long period of time, but not when you factor in all the work of drying, cutting out sheetrock, and dealing with flooring issues,” said Superintendent Phil Thornton.

All on-site activities and events are also canceled. 

The cause of the extensive damage has been traced back to human error. 

“This was due to a bad cap. Someone put a galvanized steel cap on the water main and they shouldn’t have,” said city councilman Anthony Sinapi. “That kind of cap will rot out as opposed to putting in a brass cap.”

The cap has since been replaced. Officials are now trying to figure out who installed it in the first place and why.

“The city is now looking at all the caps on water mains to make sure we didn’t have a bad cap put in anywhere else,” said Sinapi.

The superintendent is scheduled to speak to the Rhode Island Department of Education on Monday to find out whether or not the students will have to make up the lost days in June.

“Hopefully they’re lenient and don’t punish the kids over something they had no control over,” said Sinapi.

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