Students at one Eastern Carolina high school will finish an extended Christmas vacation Wednesday morning with a two hour delay.
The thousand students at North Lenoir High School have been at home after last week's snow storm kept the school in the dark. Melting snow leaked into a mechanical room and damaged a huge switch gear that provides power to most of the school.
The school system says crews are in the process of completing repairs and should have power restored to the high school later tonight. The school will operate on a 2 hour delay on Wednesday and parents, students and staff will be informed of any changes.
Classes will be cancelled at North Lenoir High School for the second day in a row because of electrical problems.
Melting snow from last week's storm caused an electrical problem at North Lenoir High School, putting about 75% of the facility in the dark.
While students were kept home Monday, county workers were busy trying to fix the problem. It turns out the melting snow leaked into the school's mechanical room, shorting out a giant switch gear that controls most of the building's power.
The problem was discovered Saturday and since then maintenance crews have been working around the clock to get the power back on. A new switch gear arrived Monday, but since the school was built in the 1950's it was tough going to interface the new with the old.
Maintenance workers say once the power is turned back on they'll need to check on other possible electrical damage throughout the building.
North Lenoir High School will be closed Monday to students and staff due to damage caused by last week snow storm.
A spokesman for the school district said heavy snow and melting snow caused a switch plate to burn out resulting in a 75 percent loss of power to the school building.
Updates will be made daily as repairs progress.