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Broken water valve cancels USF classes

A dance performance and classes were canceled and buildings closed Tuesday night after a water-main valve broke at the University of South Florida.

The problem began in the university's Science Center. To stem the flood of water from the broken valve, school officials had to shut off water to the campus. The problem should be repaired by today, said Rick Fender, associate vice president for administrative services. Fender said he expects the school to return to its normal schedule today.

Fender said the lack of water for toilets and the sprinkler system was the reason for closing campus buildings.

"Waaaaaaaah," was all a disheartened Rebecca Terrell, director of the Florida Dance Festival, could say. The water problem forced the cancellation of a performance called Florida Dances. It was the second time in less than a week that water has scuttled the festival's plans. Saturday's heavy rains forced the cancellation of the festival's street fair in Ybor City.

After learning of the water troubles, Terrell hustled up bottled water and rented portable toilets hoping the show could go on for the 250 ticketholders. But school officials stood firm and canceled the performance, which was rescheduled for 8 tonight.