Water back on at Lafayette High School after main line broke

Update: 3:30 p.m. 

Lafayette High School's water is back on about an hour after it was shut off for repair work, W-JCC school division spokeswoman Betsy Overkamp-Smith said.

Update: 2:30 p.m. 

Crews fixing a water main leak at Lafayette High School Tuesday shut off the water shortly after 2 p.m., W-JCC school division spokeswoman Betsy Overkamp-Smith said.

Students were not released early. The shut off came close to the end of school at 2:40 p.m. 

Overkamp-Smith said the crews were able to quickly dig around the pipe and are working on patching up the leak. They expect it to be done this afternoon, so evening activities and school tomorrow will not be affected, Overkamp-Smith said. 

Update: 11 a.m. 

Water is still leaking out of pipes at Lafayette High School after a water main broke Tuesday, according to W-JCC school division spokeswoman Betsy Overkamp-Smith.

She said that water has not been shut off from the building yet, the division is waiting on a utility to come and identify the lines underground so that repairs can be made and damages assessed. 

The water will need to be shut off at some point to address the problem, but they don't know when that will be, Overkamp-Smith said.

There are no plans to send the students home early, but Overkamp-Smith said that could change once crews determine the extent of the leak.

"We will be able to serve lunch and we have a plan in place to ensure students and staff will to be able to continue to use the bathroom," Overkamp-Smith said.

Teachers and students have been told of the problem and that the water may be shut off after the utility company arrives, she said. 

Previously:

Williamsburg-James City County school division staff and county employees are addressing a water main break at Lafayette High School Tuesday morning. 

The extent of the damage and its effects on the school are still being determined, spokeswoman Betsy Overkamp-Smith said. 

Students have not been sent home. As long as the building still has water, they'll likely keep students in school, she said. 

She said crews are working to determine how long it will be an issue. 

Check back for updates. 

Williams can be reached by phone at 757-298-5172.

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