Plumbing issue shuts down EHS

ELKINS – Elkins High School canceled classes on Friday due to issues with the plumbing system at the school, officials said.

A blocked pipe made the facilities unusable by students and staff, according to Randolph County Superintendent of Schools Terry George.

“There was a grease blockage in one of the pipes,” he said. “It is supposed to go through better than that but when it gets really cold, grease doesn’t move very well.”

Randolph County Schools maintenance staff worked along with the Midland Public Service District into the evening Thursday and most of the day Friday to resolve the issue.

“We had crews, including the Midland PSD, working on it,” George said.

“They were in until 8:30 (Thursday) and are in there (Friday). We have the best crews in the state.”

The decision to cancel classes was forced because the facilities were unable to accommodate students and staff, George said.

“We didn’t have enough facilities to have students here,” George said. “We can’t have students without facilities.”

Officials said the problem was resolved shortly before 3 p.m. on Friday, and the school should be open for classes today.

“Everything is working satisfactory now and we are ready to go,” George said.