Two Montgomery County high schools in Wheaton were closed Wednesday because of a water main break, officials said, and two D.C. public schools also canceled classes because of problems with their heating systems.
Dana Tofig, a spokesman for Montgomery public schools, said classes were canceled at Wheaton High School and the Thomas Edison High School of Technology, which share a campus, because of a water main break that left the schools without water overnight.
Officials at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said the break involved a 10-inch pipe in the 12600 block of Dalewood Drive. The water was turned off at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday, and the break was repaired by about 7:30 a.m.
“We did not have a timetable early this morning for when the water main would be fixed, and we could not open schools without water,” Tofig said. “So we had to make the call based on the information we had at the time.”
The water outage impacted 12 customers in the area, in addition to the high school campus, WSSC spokesman Jerry Irvine said.
The break is believed to be weather -related, Irvine said. On Tuesday alone, the agency had over 40 reported breaks — a number that WSSC officials said was entering into “record territory” for a single day. The agency said it typically averages eight breaks a day in the first few days of January.
In the District, Orr Elementary School on Minnesota Avenue SE and Thomas Elementary on Anacostia Avenue NE were closed on Wednesday because of problems with their heating systems. All other D.C. public schools were open.
Several suburban school systems in the metropolitan area were closed Tuesday because of the brutal cold that swept the region. Those schools opened Wednesday, but a few systems opted for two-hour delays.
Delays on Wednesday:
● Fairfax County public schools are opening two hours late.
●Stafford County public schools are opening two hours late.
●Spotsylvania County public schools are opening two hours late.
●Rappahannock County public schools are opening two hours late.