Due to a break in the underground power line between the PSNH network and the school the High School will be closed again tomorrow. Today the company hired to find the problem was able to open up both ends of the conduit. Charging that conduit with a compressed gas they were able to clear it of water and debris that had entered the pipe.
The intent is to try and pull new cables through the conduit to avoid digging up the existing line and installing a new trench. Parts for this operation will be at the school in the morning. At that time both ends of the line will be excavated and the new cable installed. Once that is done and PSNH inspects the line it can be energized returning power to the school.
Until that time the custodians are using generators to keep the boilers running and the pipes safe in the building.
If Tuesdays operation is successful school would resume on Wednesday March 3rd. This year has been light on snow days with only two used so far. Superintendent Nate Greenberg said,”If this were happening last year after the ice storm I would be concerned. With all the days we missed then, this would have put us in a bad position.”
Principal Jason Parent sent home the following letter to parents.
Dear Parents / Guardians:
We were very fortunate to have Interstate Electric complete their assessment of the power outage at LHS on such short notice. This crew has worked diligently to establish that due to a break in one of the underground lines from our north end transformer into the building, they’ll need to run a new line through a conduit. The company is rushing materials that will arrive tomorrow morning where they will start digging and running this line. We are hopeful that this work will be completed tomorrow and tested by PSNH. Unfortunately, due to the lack of power and heat in the building, school is cancelled again tomorrow (Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010) at LHS. We are sincerely hopeful to have school resume on Wednesday March 3rd, 2010. As always, we greatly appreciate your cooperation and support to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff. I will update you again tomorrow with new information once we receive it. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Practices in the gym are still being held today and we have a home triple header slated for tomorrow afternoon and evening for basketball.
Boys JV vs Alvirne will be held at 3:30 PM, Boys Varsity (Senior Night) will be held at 5:00 PM, and Girls Varsity NHIAA Preliminary Playoff Game vs Merrimack will tip off at 7:00 PM. There is a separate admission by the NHIAA for the Tuesday night playoff game.
I hope your power is restored and you are enjoying the comforts of home. Thanks again for understanding our current predicament at LHS.
Buses weave through restoration efforts
Most students made it to school today on the regular bus routes. In some cases they were not able to make it to a regular bus stop. If buses had to cross downed wires they did not do it even though many residents have been doing so for days. As restoration continues these lines should be considered “hot” the drivers respected that. If Road Closed barricades were up they would not cross them with the bus. In some cases the barricades had been moved or removed, this put the bus in the awkward place of having to back up. Residents are asked not to remove barriers that may still be in place.
Students that could not be picked up could walk to another stop, in most cases they were brought to school by parents. School district officials indicated that attendance appeared to be close to normal today.
This Slide show is near the intersection of Adams Road and Cross Road at about 3:15 this afternoon. If you would like to view it full screen click HERE and make your browser full screen for some detailed restoration shots by our new friends from Connecticut Light and Power!