Several schools hit with water damage

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI)-- Seven Parkway schools had water pipe problems Wednesday.  The problems are likely related to the deep freeze and recent warm up.   Several pipes were cracked.

The most serious damage was inside Shenandoah Valley Elementary in Chesterfield.  A cap on a 1 ¼' water pipe broke, and water flooded 4th and 5th grade classrooms.  Part of a ceiling above a bathroom collapsed from the weight of leaking water.

Crews spent Wednesday trying to dry up what they could, but classes will be cancelled at Shenandoah Valley for the rest of the week.  The district will hold an emergency meeting Thursday morning to determine the best path forward.

"Our primary concern is that our building is safe for children," said Carrie Luttrell, Shenandoah Valley Principal.  "I am so grateful that this did not happen when school was in session and when children were here."

Luttrell knows all too well about dealing with a weather crisis.  Her school lost part of its roof to straight line winds during April storms.   It took months to restore a wing that included space for kindergartners.

"We have been through the crisis team meetings, we have been through the process of rebuilding and coming back very strong," said Luttrell.   "I anticipate that that is what will happen again."

There was similar damage to Sorento Springs Elementary, but district officials said the damage would not warrant any cancelations.

Luttrell said she appreciates all the support the Parkway community showed following the April disaster.

"I would just say how appreciative I am to work in a district like Parkway where it very much is a team effort, and you know that you have the support of every personnel and department."