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Freezing Issues Force 5 Douglas County Schools To Close

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A photo of the cleanup effort on Jan. 14, 2013, at Legend High School. (credit: Douglas County School District)

A photo of the cleanup effort on Jan. 14, 2013, at Legend High School. (credit: Douglas County School District)

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Five different schools in Douglas County had to close because of water problems caused by extremely cold temperatures.

The following schools were closed to students on Monday:

- Cherry Valley Elementary School near Castle Rock
– Franktown Elementary School
– Sedalia Elementary School
– Sierra Middle School in Parker
– Legend High School in Parker

At two of the elementary schools maintenance crews had to turn water off to the buildings because of frozen pipes.

Legend and Sierra both have broken water pipes.

“We can’t have a school full of students and staff without any water,” said Hillary Mantelli, a counselor at Sierra Middle School.

At some of the schools parents had to come pick up their children. The high school never opened at all because of their freezing issues.

“The reason we could not have school is we did not have an active fire suppression system and we can’t have kids in the building without that,” Bill Moffitt with Douglas County Schools said.

The Douglas County School District shared the following photos of the cleanup effort on Monday from a broken ceiling sprinkler at Legend High School. It was the only school that had any reported damage on Monday.

Legend High School

Legend High School 2

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