WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Students at St. Kevin School in Warwick discovered their Thanksgiving holiday weekend would be extended for at least another week due to pipes bursting inside the school, causing extensive damage. Classes are expected to resume on Dec. 3.
Eyewitness News was there Sunday afternoon as crews were already working on the cleanup and restoration. Fans were drying out the building, as signs outside the building warned people of the pipe breaks.
Kristina Sprengel, whose daughter is a first grader at the school, went with her to check out the damage.
“She loves it, so she was really upset and wanted to know if her classroom was affected so we just took a peek in there and it does look pretty wet,” Sprengel told Eyewitness News.
She said her daughter was not happy about having more days off.
“She’s very sad, doesn’t wanna be seen, she’s very sad right now so she loves going to school and hopes that it gets fixed pretty fast,” Sprengel added.
According to school staff, the pipe at the Catholic school in Warwick likely broke some time on Saturday.
Through the front door, you could still see some water on the ground, fans in the lobby and some ceiling tiles missing.
Sprengel said she and her husband now have to find a babysitter for the week off from school.
About 250 students attend St. Kevin School for Pre-K through 8th grade.
Principal David Irving posted this message on the school’s Facebook page:
A Message From Our Principal
Due to a water pipe break, Saint Kevin School will be closed for the week of November 26 – November 30. Cleaning and restoration crews are already at work. Classes will resume on Monday, December 3rd. We will keep you posted if any further information becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
God Bless Saint Kevin School
St. Kevin School is affiliated with St. Kevin & St. Benedict Catholic Church in Warwick. On the same day as the pipe burst, the pastor, Father Robert Marciano, was welcoming members of nearby Woodbury Union Church, despite it being a Presbyterian Church.
The Woodbury Union Church burned down Wednesday night and Marciano offered the space at St. Benedict’s, for free, to those members so they could still hold service.