Water from a burst pipe on the roof of Centennial High School caused up to $100,000 in damage to the auditorium this week, a Howard County school system spokeswoman said yesterday.
The pipe, part of the Ellicott City school's heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system, appeared to have frozen and burst, Howard schools spokeswoman Patti Caplan said. The ceiling of the auditorium and the stage area were damaged; the carpet was wet, but probably will not need to be replaced, she said.
Caplan said it was unclear what day the pipe burst; county schools were closed Monday for the Presidents Day holiday, then Tuesday and yesterday because of inclement weather. But the damage should not prevent the school from reopening when road conditions improve, she said.