Tulsa Water Main Break Cuts Off Supply To Patrick Henry Elementary School

Monday, February 10th 2014, 8:37 am
By: Dave Davis

A Tulsa Public elementary school could be without running water all day after a nearby water main break early Monday.

City of Tulsa water crews are working to repair the 12-inch water main at 41st and Louisville.

Authorities expect the repairs to last into the night.

Officials said the break has left the neighborhood, including Patrick Henry Elementary School without running water.

School administrators say they have a plan in place so classes can continue. Each student and staff member has a water bottle, and they've set up two hand washing stations - which I'm told the kids think is pretty cool.

"It's gone great. We've had a few phone calls from parents, and they've been very understanding with what's been going on," said Principal Jene Carpenter.

"They're glad that we're here at school today, and it's been a great day so far."

For the bathroom situation, Patrick Henry has some staff members double as restroom attendants, going into the bathroom after kids are done to make sure the toilets are flushed with buckets of water.

The City of Tulsa reports there have been almost 80 water line breaks since Friday.

At 41st Street and Louisville, one lane is still open in each direction as crews work to fix the break.

Drivers are asked to take an alternate route if possible.