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December 20, 2013
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Christmas break comes early for one Roseburg school

A clogged sewer line closed Hucrest Elementary School today, according to Roseburg schools Superintendent Larry Parsons.

Parsons said the school Thursday discovered the sewer line was blocked, which caused sewage to flood into a crawl space under the gym floor. There wasn’t any damage to the floor, he said.

School officials considered closing Thursday afternoon, but decided to finish the school day. Students were given a letter Thursday to take home to their parents explaining the problem and today’s closure. The district also called each student’s household.

“We regret the loss of a school day. We don’t take that lightly,” Parsons said.

Parsons said the district was concerned poor air quality and contamination would jeopardize the students’ safety. It is also likely the school will temporarily shut off its sewage system today, so bathrooms would not be available for students.

Makeup days for closures are determined by a district-wide average. Parsons said the district will decide at a later date if and when extra school days will be added.

In the meantime, district maintenance employees are working on the sewer line. Parsons said the blockage has been removed, which he suspected was caused by tree roots, and workers are now cleaning everything out.

Parsons said he does not anticipate added costs for the work, as the problem is being handled by district employees, he said.

Today was the final day of classes before the district closes for Christmas break. Parsons said the district has two weeks to fix the sewer line and clean up, though he said he anticipates it will only take a few days.

All other schools in the district remained on their normal schedules today.

• Reporter Jessica Prokop can be reached at 541-957-4209 and jprokop@nrtoday.com.

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