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Vice principal Luanne Inman says quick action to install this flex pipe helped drain away some of the water that flooded a small section of a Montague school Friday.
MONTAGUE — Work crews were on the scene Monday fixing a clogged drain pipe at Montague Intermediate School.
Maintenance crews at the school also vacuumed up about five industrial size loads of water and installed a flex pipe from a former exterior wall to drain water out through a door.
This after an unwelcome baptism was delivered to the school Friday when heavy rains backed water into parts of the $1.3 million expansion.
The clogged drain pipe was supposed to whisk the water away, but instead the clogged line backfilled water into parts of the old gymnasium and the new industrial arts section.
“The new music room was untouched, but the industrial arts section did have some water on the floors along with the change rooms in the old gym,’’ said vice-principal Luanne Inman.
“It was disappointing, since we’ve waited for this new expansion for so long, but it was business as usual Monday and the cleanup has been efficiently dealt with.”
The new addition of an industrial arts room and a music room was completed this past summer and opened less than two weeks ago.
“We were on site immediately dealing with the problem and there was no major damage,’’ said provincial engineer Tyler Richardson. “The water was shop vacuumed out and dehumidifiers are at work to dry everything up.”
Inman said sandbags were deployed to keep the water from infiltrating too far beyond the industrial arts section and there was no damage to the synthetic gymnasium floor.
Richardson said the blockage had been identified using a video camera prior to the hurricane weather, but a decision to delay the repair was made until after the rain.
“Otherwise would have had water collecting on the flat roof of the gym (5,200 square feet) and pouring down the wall where we were making repairs ... it would have been a lot worse,” he said. “We didn’t want to get half way through the job and have that heavy rain arriving.”
It poured the entire day Friday, dropping as much as 50 mm of rain in Montague.
“It was certainly a challenge, but with the sandbags and shop vacs we were able to contain of the water,’’ he said.
Richardson said there is ventilation equipment currently operating to expel the moisture and ensure no mould issues make an appearance.