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Sewage pipe issue closes Manchester's Southside Middle School


October 11. 2018 6:29PM
A crew from the Manchester Department of Public Works deployed a sewer camera to look up the service pipe for a blockage which closed Southside Middle School in Manchester on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. "Something could have been flushed down the toilet or it could be a broken pipe," said Jay Davini, chief of street operations. The 8-inch clay pipe is original to building, built in 1968. We'll be here until it's fixed he said. While kids were happy to not have class, the clog could backup summer plans by one more day. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)



MANCHESTER — Southside Middle School will be open Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, after school officials ordered the school closed on Thursday, Oct. 11, because of sewer line problems both inside and outside the building, the city’s public works director said.

Kevin Sheppard said workers had to clear a blocked sewer line within the building. While doing so, they discovered damage to the service line that carries the building’s wastewater into the city’s sewer system.

City workers dug down to the service line on Thursday, and will return on Saturday, Oct. 13, to address the damage to the clay line.

“It’s open and clear but it showed some aging,” Sheppard said. “It’s not leaching into the ground. It’s not a problem, but there’s a potential problem in the future.”


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