Water main break causes damage at Cranston school

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A Cranston school sustained flood damage Wednesday after a water main burst outside.

The 12-inch pipe that runs under Pawtuxet Avenue broke just after 1 p.m. and water began flowing into Edgewood Highland Elementary School.

A portion of the roadway was closed as crews worked to repair the broken water main.

Students and staff were evacuated and bused over to Park View Middle School. A call went out to parents to alert them to the situation.

Providence Water responded to Edgewood Highland and shut off the water. The lower level of the school flooded with four feet of water, according to school officials.

A Providence Water spokesperson said it’s believed the frigid temperatures caused the main to burst, noting they’ve responded to about a dozen similar breaks since Christmas.

Crews will be working over the next few days to clean up the water and damage to the school.

No word yet on when the school will reopen. It will be closed Thursday along with the rest of Cranston public schools due to the impending winter storm.