8:12 AM EDT, April 19, 2011
All non-essential employees in state government buildings in Harrisburg and the Harrisburg Government Center are being asked to stay home Tuesday after a watermain break closed state buildings and schools yesterday. The break at Cameron and Herr Streets affected thousands of state employees and school kids, leaving them with low or no water pressure. Now a second leak is causing even further issues.
A "tear" was discovered by Harrisburg Department of Public work employees last night near the same site as the original break yesterday. According to Robert Philbin, spokesperson for Mayor Linda Thompson, the "tear" is in the main water trunk where the limb pipe joins the main trunk line and is the result of the contractor damage on Sunday.
Philbin says city crews worked through the night to repair the leak and have ordered parts necessary for the repair. Those parts are expected to come in some time today and Harrisburg officials anticipate the "tear" will be repaired later today.
Because of the latest "tear" and the boil water advisory, all non-essential employees that work in the Capitol Complex as well as employees that work in the Harrisburg Government Center should not report to work.
According to HACC, day classes will be canceled. A determination about night classes will be made later in the day. The Harrisburg School District plans on reporting to school as normal.
The water main in the City of Harrisburg is fixed and all schools will be back in session Tuesday. However, the City continues to issue an advisory for about half of city residents to boil water for the next two days until tests determine the water is safe to drink. They advise that businesses and students bring bottled water to work and school in the affected area.
A damaged water pipe in Harrisburg City is creating some headaches for schools and government officials.
The Bureau of Water says the water line break is at Harsco properties on Cameron and Herr Streets. According to an e-mail issued by the City of Harrisburg, a contractor ruptured a fire hydrant line on the property which caused a leak from a 36 inch distribution line.
Several buildings in the downtown area, including the Capital Complex and State Government buildings will experience low water pressure as crews work to repair the break.
A few schools in Harrisburg will be dismissing early.
Here is a full list of affected schools:
St. Stephen's Episcopal School is Dismissing Early
Cathedral School is Dismissing Early
HACC-Harrisburg Campus closed today, April 18 HACC's Harrisburg Campus is closing immediately due to a water main break around Seventh and North streets in the city. This includes all buildings at Wildwood, North Hall, Penn Center, Midtown 1 and 2, and Campus Square. A determination will be made by 3 p.m. whether evening classes will be held.
CCapital Area School For The Arts- no PM classes