Kinder schools close early on Monday

By Tiffany Blackmon - bio | email

KINDER, LA (KPLC) – Cold weather didn't keep Kinder students from going to school on Friday, nor did it keep them out of school on Monday.

"We we're prepared for all that, the cold wasn't too much of an issue for us, but when we lost water pressure, then it became an issue," said Wilfred Bourne, a member of the Allen Parish School Board.

Low water pressure in Kinder over the weekend trickled down to schools today, forcing the Allen Parish School Board to let school out early at Kinder High School, Middle School, and Elementary School.

"It's impossible have school without water," said Bourne.

On Sunday night, officials shut off the town's water to prevent pipes from breaking and to build up more water pressure, but taking these precautions proved to have adverse affects.

Kinder Mayor Estes LeDoux stated, "When the water was shut off, a lot of pipes and faucets were still frozen during the day."

When frozen pipes were thawing out this morning, mayor ledeux says many of them burst.

"With the tremendous use of water due to busted pipes, and people letting their water drip at night, it just depleted our load," he said.

Kinder has over 1,200 metered customers within the city limits. There is also a large amount of customers living in rural areas and they all use the same system.

"We have a 300,000 ground storage tank that has to be filled prior to the elevated tanks and water just cannot keep up with the distribution of it," said Mayor LeDoux.

Town officials have been trying to locate broken pipes to either repair or shut them off, and they plan to turn the water off again tonight in hopes that all pipe problems have been solved.

"Let the tank build back up again, hopefully in the morning all the leaks would  be found and corrected and the pressure will stay up," said Mayor LeDoux.

If that happens, the school board expects students to have a full day of school tomorrow.

Mayor LeDoux says they will shut the water off between 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. tonight. They will turn it back on tomorrow morning around 5:00 a.m.

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