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Water pipe breaks at Waterloo East & West High Schools

WATERLOO (KWWL)-- The Blue Man group show at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Center was canceled Tuesday evening after workers bumped into a sprinkler pipe, breaking it and causing flooding inside the facility Tuesday morning.  

Water also wreaked havoc at Waterloo's two high schools earlier in the day.  Water was pouring through East High School late Monday evening into Tuesday morning after a sprinkler pipe burst creating a small river inside the building.  Fire crews responded to help with the clean-up only after one of the school's alarms was triggered.  Staff at West High took care of water clean up there.

"A couple sprinkler heads broke, one at each school.  And it was due to the very cold weather last week and some thawing a little bit this week.  So we had some minor water damage," said Sharon Miller with Waterloo Community Schools.

And there are only a few small reminders of the early morning flooding.

"We had some minor water damage with some ceiling tiles that'll need to be replaced.  We've got the main problem corrected and still have some clean up to do," Miller said.

A handful of stained tiles are also the only damage left behind at West High.  No one was injured in either incident, so classes and school activities are continuing as usual.

Meanwhile, late Tuesday afternoon, the Gallagher-Bluedorn announced Wednesday and Thursday night's Blue Man shows are now also canceled.   Officials are hoping to get the shows rescheduled. If you have a ticket to one of the performances, hang on to it.  If you can't attend the rescheduled dates, you'll be issued a full refund.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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