Norwalk, CA -- September 17, 2004 -- Cerritos College extended the deadline for students to add or drop a fall class until Monday, September 20 after the college closed at 11 a.m. due to water being turned off to repair a main pipe at a campus construction site. The problem was limited only to Cerritos College's campus, and did not affect surrounding neighborhoods.
During the course of excavation at the new Science and Math Complex, the main water line that serves the majority of the campus was
ruptured at approximately 7:30 a.m. Once crews directed by Kemp Brothers, the college's construction contractor, determined that the campus' water needed to be turned off at 11 a.m. to repair the break, administrators dismissed students and employees and closed the campus. Only campus buildings north of old Falcon Way were affected by the water shut-off.
Some flooding did occur at the site, which consists of a large dirt field. No other nearby buildings or initial construction was affected. The water main failure is expected to be repaired by Friday afternoon. The repair of the water main will not affect the construction schedule of the complex.
"Fridays at Cerritos College are normally 'light days,'" said Dr. Erlinda Martinez, vice president of Student Services. "But for the health and well-being of our students and employees, we dismissed classes and closed the campus once the water was turned off at 11 a.m. Since this was the last day to add or drop classes, we've also extended the deadline until Monday."
Students were able to attend class Friday morning, but when the water was turned off, classes were dismissed. Buildings not affected by the water shut-off were: Santa Barbara, Health Occupations, Auto Technology and Community Education.