Wauconda school to reopen after sewer line repair

  • A plumber with DeFranco Plumbing works to repair a broken sewer line that forced the cancellation of classes Thursday at Robert Crown School in Wauconda.

    A plumber with DeFranco Plumbing works to repair a broken sewer line that forced the cancellation of classes Thursday at Robert Crown School in Wauconda. Courtesy of Wauconda Unit School District 118

  • Due to a sewer line break, classes were canceled Thursday at Robert Crown School in Wauconda. The school will reopen today.

      Due to a sewer line break, classes were canceled Thursday at Robert Crown School in Wauconda. The school will reopen today. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Robert Crown School in Wauconda was closed Thursday due to a sewer line break.

      Robert Crown School in Wauconda was closed Thursday due to a sewer line break. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • A plumber with DeFranco Plumbing works to repair a broken sewer line Thursday at Robert Crown School in Wauconda.

    A plumber with DeFranco Plumbing works to repair a broken sewer line Thursday at Robert Crown School in Wauconda. Courtesy of Wauconda Unit School District 118

 
 
Updated 1/9/2020 10:41 PM

Wauconda's Robert Crown School will reopen Friday after a broken sewer line forced its closure Thursday.

"The building is once again conducive for occupancy," Wauconda Unit District 118 Superintendent Daniel Coles said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Students and staffers were given the day off Thursday while plumbers fixed the broken line.

The problem was discovered near the end of the school day Wednesday after toilets in some bathrooms slowly started to back up, Coles said. The mess was cleaned up, but a strong odor remained.

Plumbers were called and sent cameras into the sewers to look for the cause. They discovered an underground sewer break near the parking lot on the north side of the school.

The damage likely occurred during winter break when new light poles were installed near the lot, Coles said.

In addition to the foul smell, about one-third of the school's bathrooms were rendered unusable because of the break, Coles said.

But by late Thursday afternoon, officials confidently declared the repairs completed.

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