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Leaks close swim pool up to two weeks


The Haines pool closed Tuesday and may be closed as long as two weeks to address leaking from its locker room to the Haines High School locker rooms below.

Haines Borough facilities director Carlos Jimenez said water was coming through the lighting fixtures in the school locker rooms. The water appears to be leaking not from the pool, but from showers in the pool’s locker rooms.

“We can’t let it sit there like that and ruin locker rooms downstairs,” Jimenez said.

Refurbishment of both sets of locker rooms is among the district’s and borough’s requests to the state. Although a more comprehensive rebuilding of the aging locker rooms is needed, fixing the leak is an immediate priority, Jimenez said.

He said that borough crews would tear into sheetrock ceilings of the school locker rooms this week to try to pinpoint the source of the leaks.