Classes cancelled for Bells ISD after pipe bursts

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BELLS, TX- The City of Bells has issued multiple boil orders in just three months, and Wednesday, Bells ISD had to cancel all classes after a water line burst.

Classrooms are empty as the water problem in Bells adds another chapter.

Wednesday morning Bells ISD parents received a text saying school would be delayed. A few hours later, they got another text saying classes were cancelled.

The reason, according to Bells ISD Superintendent Joe Moore, a water line burst outside the high school gym.

"We discovered a water leak and it's part of the city water line, so we started making calls and arrangements to delay the start of school."

When Moore realized it would take longer to fix, he cancelled classes.

Moore says a smaller leak was uncovered about three months ago, on what he says is the City's water line which services the school property.

Bells Mayor Gary Martin tells us that line is the school's responsibility since it's on the district's private property.

Moore says, "We've had some issues and the city is working hard to fix those issues, but there's some old water lines and they're erupting."

Although school was out for the day, athletic practices went on as scheduled.

The district hired a private contractor to repair the broken pipe. Moore says its now fixed and classes will start on schedule, Thursday morning.

Tuesday, News 12 reported the first confirmed case of Shigella in Bells ISD. Moore says one reason they cancelled classes Wednesday, is they didn't want to take the risk of the bacteria spreading without water available for students to wash their hands.

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