Fruita Monument cleaning up after flood

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FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Fruita Monument High School is busy cleaning up after a flood caused by a burst pipe.

The school says an underground pipe cracked Wednesday afternoon sending flood water up through the floor and into the auditorium, hallways, and several classrooms.

Crews were cleaning before mold could grow and classes were moved to other rooms. After school activities were also canceled.

The Mesa County Health Department says it’s safe to continue teaching.

"We have a few classrooms that are affected by the water coming in and so even though they have been cleaned up there isn't water currently in those classrooms and it will probably be another week until we do have water in those classrooms so, for now, those classes have been relocated,” said Emily Shockley, School District 51.

Other pipes in the building are now being checked out. The district says they don't know how much this will cost, but the money will come from their maintenance budget.

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