RACINE COUNTY — Boiler and pipe issues caused several problems in the county Wednesday at Wadewitz Elementary and at the Western Racine County Services Center in Burlington.
A broken pipe at Wadewitz Elementary caused the school’s closure on Wednesday.
In a Racine Unified School District Facebook post, the district stated that a broken pipe had caused the school’s boiler not to work. This led to the decision to cancel classes at Wadewitz Elementary School, 2700 Yout St., Wednesday.
Parents were contacted via robo-calls about the school’s closure.
At the Western Racine County Services Center, 209 N. Main St., Burlington, water pipes froze after a furnace went out, according to Racine County Communications Manager Mark Schaaf. The furnace outage was discovered Tuesday morning. It’s unknown when it went out.
Schaaf said Wednesday the extent of the damage had not yet been assessed but it did not affect the University of Wisconsin Extension offices. The extension office is the only county office still housed at WRCSC according to Schaaf.
Burlington Mayor Jeannie Hefty said the incident did affect the senior center, which did not have water on Wednesday.
As of Wednesday evening, city officials were planning on meeting to work out the details for potentially moving the senior center into the former Knights of Columbus building on 587 E. State St.
In October, Hefty had said the Knights of Columbus building was still being remodeled for its future tenants with no set move-in date. The county had planned on demolishing the WRCSC building by April 1.