Burst pipes close Kent County Courthouse, area schools

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Kent County Courthouse in Warwick will be back open Wednesday after a burst pipe forced it to close Tuesday.

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Cleanup and assessment got underway after a “substantial amount” of water flooded the front entrance.

All court sessions in Superior, Family, and District Court are canceled and will be rescheduled. Emergency matters will be redirected to Providence County Court.

According to a tweet from the Rhode Island Judiciary, the building will be back open for business Wednesday.

The bitterly cold weather is also affecting the return of several schools following the holiday break.

In New Bedford, Roosevelt Middle School was dismissed at 11 a.m. due to a mechanical failure of a water meter. The school district said on Facebook that the cold weather was to blame.

Myron J. Francis Elementary School in East Providence was closed Tuesday due to a water main break.

The pipe froze due to a lack of insulation between walls.

An East Providence Facilities Department employee told Eyewitness News that the break happened because of the cold weather.

All other schools in East Providence are open, and all buses at the East Providence bus yard started Tuesday morning thanks to cold weather preparations done on Monday.

Slater Middle School in Pawtucket was forced to cancel classes Tuesday as well due to boiler issues.

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