A broken water seal in the F Wing at Glen Oaks Community College resulted in a two-hour delayed start of classes Thursday.
The early morning incident, at the north end of campus near the auto garage, triggered the overhead sprinkler system to activate, college officials said.
Glen Oaks President Gary Wheeler said the incident occurred in an out-of-the-way area where few students enter or exit that area of the school building.
He said the school had been experiencing a fluctuation of water pressure and suspects the incident may be related.
Wheeler said when the system recognized a loss in water pressure, it assumed there was a fire and automatically activated the sprinklers.
He said between one and two inches of water covered a cement floor and coated a set of stairs. The water was cleared from the area by mid-morning.