Despite a break in the weather, classes were cancelled at St. Adalbert’s School in South Bend on Thursday.
St. Adalbert’s is still dealing with a break in a water main.
“It’s not just a problem with water, if water can’t get to our boiler, then the heating system can’t function either,” said Rev. Peter Pacini, C.S.C. “So we lost not only water, but also heat for the school building, the church, and the rectory and it’s been off since Monday.”
The broken pipe actually runs underneath the school building near the main entrance.
That’s where plumbers were busy today digging a four foot deep trench that continued inside the building in the boy’s bathroom.
A jackhammer was used to break through the floor, and a pile of dirt that resembled a pitcher’s mount now lies in front of the drinking fountain.
Despite the timing of the pipe problems, plumbers say the break was not weather related.
“This one is just bad timing here, the pipe reached its lifespan. Old pipe that bursted and got a leak, it filled up half the parking lot, water, under water,” said Matt Holcomb with Niezgodski Plumbing.
The situation is one that could be keeping the pastor ‘up at night.’
“The rectory is un-livable right now. It’s below freezing, fortunately the parish office was originally the convent for the Felician Sisters so we have a couple of rooms upstairs that still have beds in them so it became kind of a lifeboat for me. I just picked up a few things from the rectory and lived over here for the past couple of nights and I might need to be here tonight also,” said Rev. Pacini.
It’s hoped that the repairs can be done in time to reopen the school on Friday.