No class Thursday for Sterlington High School after pipes burst

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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Students at Sterlington High School will not have class Thursday after pipes burst and flooded parts of the school.

Crews use hoses to remove water from Sterlington High School after pipes burst. (Sterlington, La. - Jan. 3, 2018) | Photo: Gwendolyn Ducre -- KNOE

School officials say they've repaired the pipes, but still need time to take care of the damage caused by the water.
Thousands of gallons of water were flushed out of Sterlington High School.

"This is by far the biggest one I've been in 12 years," Derrick Rushing, Servicemaster's manager said.

The pipes of two sprinkler systems burst in the school's library and cafeteria this week. The ceilings and floors also took a hit, leaving that mess up to the experts who are working around the clock.

"We worked from 7 a.m. Until we can't work anymore. We generally try to put in 16 to 18 hours a day. That's how extensive it is," Rushing said.

Crews have been getting calls all across the region with people having the same issue.

"We're trying to get to everybody. It's just school's are a priority," Rushing said.

Students were supposed to go back to school Thursday, but school officials say it's just too dangerous for them to be there.

Classes are expected to resume Friday. Though, teachers will go back Thursday.