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Pumping Water Out of Gehlen

(Le Mars) -- Officials with Gehlen Catholic School arrived at work Wednesday morning, only to be greeted with several gallons of water seeping into the elementary classrooms.  A water line had broken sometime during the evening hours spilling water into the old convent.  Gehlen principal, Jeff Alesch describes the situation.
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The flooding forced school officials to dismiss classes early.  Staff, faculty, and some students then grabbed shop vacs and squeegees and started the clean up process.  Cabinets and computers and other educational materials were moved to areas not affected by the flooding.  Alesch doesn't know how much damage has been sustained, but he did say that some carpeting would need to be replaced.  Gayle Sitzmann, Superintendent for the Le Mars Water Department says it was not a city water line that broke.
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Sitzmann says only Gehlen Catholic School was affected by the flooding, and none of the homes near Gehlen sustained any water problems.  Sitzmann says several city departments helped with the clean up.
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