HOUSTON, Minn. (WXOW) – A water main broke behind Houston Elementary School early Thursday evening, which resulted in the district closing the school on Friday.
The break happened near the corner of Sheridan and Spruce Street. Houston Elementary was scheduled to kickoff the 2014 International Festival of Owls on Friday. Due to the water main break though, opening night of the festival was moved from the Elementary School to the Houston Community Center.
Despite the break, Houston Public School Superintendent Charles Rick said once the water main is fixed, the water at the school will remain safe to use.
"As the water comes from the water main into the school, they have a system placed where they can shut the water off now. Then, when it does get fixed, any water that has residue in it from the break would not come into the school, meaning it wouldn't have to be filtered. It wouldn't clog up the pipes or anything," Rick said.
If the main isn't fixed by Saturday, Rick said the water main issues won't slow down this weekend's festival, as it would be moved to Houston High School for the remainder of the weekend.
"It's important for the students because of the educational piece. They get involved in this, so there is all kinds of activities going on about owls and activities (Saturday) for kids and adults. I think it is a real community event, a real tribute to the event and to the Houston community for putting this on," Rick said.