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Water main break shuts water off to GBHS
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 There may have been a lot of legs crossed at Great Bend High School Tuesday afternoon.

Water was shut off to GBHS at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday as City of Great Bend Water Division crews worked to fix a water main break at 19th and Odell. This meant no water fountains and no bathrooms for about an hour and a half.

“(Principal) Time Friess made an announcement that if anyone had to go to the bathroom, they’d have to go home,” said Jennifer Schartz, Unified School District 428 spokesperson. There are about 800 students plus over 70 teachers and administrators at GBHS.

School dismisses at 3 p.m., so the dry spell didn’t cramp their style very long Tuesday. But, Schartz said if the problem isn’t fixed by Wednesday, other plans will have to be made, such as portable restrooms or canceling classes.

“We just had a leak,” said city Water Supervisor Joseph Tracy. He couldn’t predict how long it would take to fix it, but was confident it would be done Tuesday night. 

Schartz said the city had called early in the morning about having to turn off the water to the Panther Activity Center. But, when it came time to shut it down, it involved the entire school.