Muskegon Heights students sent home due to water main break

Posted at 8:03 PM, Mar 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-04 23:55:45-05

UPDATE: Muskegon Heights Public Schools Academy will be closed again Thursday, according to an alert sent out by the district. A water main break is to blame.

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. -- This morning, school children head home early from Edgewood Elementary in Muskegon Heights. Several hopped onto the bus. Others walked through the snow. The rest were Picked up by parents and guardians just after 11 a.m.

Schools closed early because of a water main break on Sherman Boulevard, between Baker and Peck Street.
All three buildings closed.

The break occurred right in front of the middle school.

Muskegon Heights utility director John Allen said the 14 inch burst occurred Tuesday and was the result of freezing conditions. Parents FOX 17 spoke with seemed understanding.

"It's a safety precaution," Darrick Porter said.

Porter picked up his stepson Jayden. He said the district is doing what it has to do while the city sorts out the water problems. The city's frozen pipes continue to plague residents.

"The pressure is very low in some homes. Matter of fact, my friend across the street, he having problems with his water. Matter of fact, I had to take him a couple jugs of water," Porter recalled.

As FOX 17 has reported, dozens and dozens of homes have no running water at all.

"It's crazy. It's crazy. But you know what? Things happen. Hopefully things get better. Ya know, they been working on it and trying to work with the people. So hopefully things work out," Caprice Melton, another parent said.

Workers hoped to get the main fixed by tonight. On twitter, The district superintendent said she'll keep parents up to date on the situation.