Water floods middle school
A faucet left on in a classroom Friday caused water damage to four different classrooms at Washington Middle School.
The running faucet wasn’t found until Saturday, said Washington superintendent Jeff Dicks.
“I was notified by Curt Mayer [Washington Middle School principal],” Dicks said. “The insurance company already had someone there doing the work drying things out.”
The damage done by the running faucet occurred on every floor of the building.
“On some of the floors the tile had buckled,” Dicks said. “There was some damage under the ceilings, which can easily be replaced, but above them there’s plaster.”
The district’s insurance company, EMC Insurance of Des Moines, gave the district four different options on how to proceed with the repairs, Dicks said. He didn’t have an estimate of how much they would cost yet because they were trying to dry things out to see what needs to be replaced.
“We’re hoping to get one of the classrooms back,” he said. “The art room received the least amount of damage, which sounds weird because it’s in the basement. We might be able to put up a temporary wall so she can use the other side of the classroom.”
The main entrance of the school also received water damage and is also closed until further notice, Dicks said. Students are entering the school through the south door.
As for the rooms that were affected by the water damage, Dicks said students and staff are having classes in other places, such as the auditorium, until the district decides how to proceed with the repairs.
“To their credit, the students and staff are handling it well,” Dicks said. “This is just one of the mistakes that happen.”