No heat means no school at one Cedar Rapids elementary

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG TV9)- From frozen water towers in two Iowa communities to frozen pipes through the state, the brutal cold is having an impact in eastern Iowa. And that includes keeping one Cedar Rapids school from opening this morning due to no heat and no water.

A school closed sign sits in front of Jackson Elementary School in NW Cedar Rapids on Wednesday. The school lost both water and heat due to a frozen pipe problem.

Jackson Elementary in northwest Cedar Rapids put up the “school closed” sign Wednesday morning after the first people in the building found temperatures hovering between 40 and 50 degrees in some rooms.

Nick Duffy, Jackson principal, said workers discovered a frozen water line somewhere inside the building. And with a boiler system, it’s all connected—so no water meant no heat and that meant no school.

“So for about six hours now, maintenance workers have been trying to figure out where the pipes are blocked and opening up ceiling tiles to get air to the pipes that run through the ceiling,” Duffy said.

And Duffy added “the maintenance staff is working very hard to get this solved. I don’t think anybody’s going home until it’s taken care of.”

School officials say the problem was solved by midafternoon with Jackson set to reopen on Thursday.