HUNDREDS of children got an unexpected day off school after a water main burst in Huddersfield.
The nine-inch main burst early yesterday in Wakefield Road, Moldgreen, causing chaos to thousands of homes and businesses.
It also resulted in six schools having to shut.
Staff arrived for work at the schools yesterday morning to find the water cut off.
It meant that Rawthorpe High School, Rawthorpe Junior School, Rawthorpe CE Infants and Nursery School, Moldgreen Community School, St Joseph’s RC School at Dalton and Longley School had to close for the day.
Sue Lord, a spokesman for Kirklees Council’s education department, said: “It is impossible for schools to function without running water.
“We were told by Yorkshire Water that the water could be flowing again fairly quickly but head teachers obviously had to make a decision as early as possible.
“It meant that the schools were able to let parents know as they turned up with their children in many cases.
“We understand that all the schools will be operating normally again today”.
The mains pipe burst at the junction of Wakefield Road and Smithy Lane and it cut supplies to many shops and businesses in the areas, as well as hundreds of homes in Dalton, Moldgreen and Rawthorpe.
A Yorkshire Water spokesman said: “We continued to work on the burst throughout yesterday afternoon, having diverted the water supplies to get customers back on the system by mid morning.
“We put in a contraflow system for traffic between Silver Street and Smithy Lane up until 6am today to allow the work to go ahead.
“We apologise for the inconvenience.”