A SCHOOL was forced to shut its doors today after a burst water pipe caused severe flooding.
Northumbrian Water-sponsored Castleview Enterprise Academy was hit by the flood overnight, causing extensive damage to the new building.
Eighteen firefighters were called just after midnight and spent more than two hours pumping water out of the building.
The burst waterpipe in the kitchen caused almost an inch of water to spread throughout the canteen, gym, main corridor and side corridors.
The school has closed its doors to pupils today with just staff attending work.
It is not yet known whether the school will reopen tomorrow.
Andy Barber, crew manager at Sunderland North fire station, said: “Unfortunately, a lot of damage was caused by the flood.
“We tried to get the water out as quickly as possible using equipment.”