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Maxwell Elementary students evacuated Wednesday

Principal Heather Bell walked past some water-ruined ceiling tiles at Maxwell Elementary School on Wednesday after a water pipe broke in a boy's bathroom, flooding part of the school. The children were evacuated to nearby Woodland Christian Church on East High Street.
Principal Heather Bell walked past some water-ruined ceiling tiles at Maxwell Elementary School on Wednesday after a water pipe broke in a boy's bathroom, flooding part of the school. The children were evacuated to nearby Woodland Christian Church on East High Street. Lexington Herald-Leader

Students were evacuated Wednesday morning from Lexington's Maxwell Spanish Immersion Elementary School and were moved to a nearby church after a broken pipe poured water into the school.

The children were escorted on foot down Maxwell Street to Woodland Christian Church on East High Street, starting about 10 a.m. Principal Heather Bell said there were no injuries. The leak occurred in a second-floor boys' bathroom about 9 a.m.

"This is what we have drills for," Bell said.

The Maxwell students were expected to remain at Woodland Church for much of the school day. Woodland is Maxwell's "emergency partner," available for use in such situations. Each Fayette school has a designated emergency partner if a school has to be evacuated.

Fayette spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said Maxwell students were kept busy with math games, art and other educational activities.

The school district provided bottled water and food to the church for lunch and snacks, she said.

Meanwhile, fans helped dry out spaces affected by the leak, officials said.

Deffendall said no classrooms were affected by the leak, and classes are expected to resume at Maxwell on Thursday morning.

Some water damage occurred in the cafeteria, the gymnasium, the foyer and a hallway, she said.

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