ALCOA (WATE) - School hadn't even started at Alcoa High School Thursday morning when a broken water fountain forced the students to go back home.
A broken quarter-inch line flooded the school in a matter of hours. "It's basically both floors, upstairs and downstairs. Unfortunately, the water leak was upstairs and so there's about two inches of water on the upstairs floor. And it's slowly making it's way to the downstairs floor," said Director of Schools Dr. Brian Bell.
The water had likely been flowing since 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning, but it didn't get stopped until 6:30 when crews discovered it.
The school custodial staff "...started probably 6:45, 7 o'clock, starting to mobilize their equipment and they started on it right away," Bell said.
Students are just glad to have a free day. "I thought, wow, we get to go home and not go to school today, and yeah, what am I going to do today instead of school?" said freshman Summer Shelton.
"Since it was a pretty day and we got out, we should come and practice and do some homework and stuff when we're out of school," said freshman Tyra Turner.
Dr. Bell says school will reopen on Friday.
The cost estimate to replace damaged ceiling tiles, computers and other technology is not yet complete.
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