HUNDREDS of pupils from five schools may be off again today because of frozen pipes.
Kirkburton First School, Birkdale High School in Dewsbury, Batley JIN School and Norristhorpe JI School, Liversedge, were closed yesterday because of flooding and broken heating systems.
Early years pupils at Field Lane JIN School, Batley, were told to stay at home because of water damage caused by a broken pipe.
It was hoped some of the schools could open today, but parents were advised to check. Birkdale High School has already announced that it will be closed today.
In Kirkburton, workers from Yorkshire Water battled to fix a crack in a pipe beneath School Hill which had left the First School, which has about 120 pupils, without water or heating.
A spokesman for Yorkshire Water said the company hoped to have the school re-opened by today.
He said: “We’d like to thank the school for alerting us to it and we apologise for the disruption caused.
“Obviously it’s down to the freezing temperatures we have had.
“We’re working on it and everything should be back to normal by this afternoon.”
Yorkshire Water added it had been ‘incredibly busy’ fixing burst pipes over the last four weeks.
But the company said it had cleared its backlog.
The spokesman said: “Technicians have been working across the region. We’ve been working as fast as possible to get them fixed and now it’s complete”.
He added: “We advise people to check their pipes, especially if you’ve been away.
“If they’ve developed any leaks use the stopcock, which is usually found under the sink, to stop the flow.”
Meanwhile Kirklees Council has encouraged parents to check www.kirklees.gov.uk for updates on school closures.
A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: “Affected schools, the council and other agencies such as Yorkshire Water are doing everything they can to minimise disruption.
“Over the Christmas period the council contacted over 190 schools to proactively detect problems with bursts and heating systems.
“During that time engineers have been working flat out to fix leaks and get boilers up and running again.
“Unsurprisingly due to such extreme weather, some schools suffered quite extensive problems and have had to close to pupils while these are put right.
“We will continue doing our utmost to ensure this small number of schools are opened as soon as possible.
“The most up-to-date information can be found on the council website, or on websites of individual schools.”
A leak, which turned a Longwood street into a sea of ice, has been repaired, Yorkshire Water said yesterday.
The burst pipe at Leymoor Road had sent water downhill on to Side Lane where it froze.
But the leak has now been fixed, Yorkshire Water said.