Crews work to repair flood damage at Terrace Heights ElementaryPosted: Updated:
YAKIMA, Wash. -- School's not quite out for summer, but flooding gave some students an extended weekend as Terrace Heights Elementary stayed closed another day. An irrigation pipe cracked and flooded the school last Friday.
The halls of Terrace Heights Elementary are bustling with activity, but not with students. Crews are cleaning-up after flooding closed down the school.
"There was standing water in this whole area back here behind us, around the corners in the rooms, in the office, in the library. At least an inch to an inch and a half of standing water," said Bob Adamson, principle, Terrace Heights Elementary.
The source of all that water damage, a two inch irrigation pipe that could've burst sometime overnight Thursday or in the early morning hours Friday. School officials don't know how long the water ran.
East Valley Fire worked to clear the water, as teachers tried to save books and supplies.
"Friday when this all happened teachers actually moved the entire library out and that was a huge undertaking," said Adamson.
Now, a construction crew works to replace the damaged walls.
"As we all know mold will grow if we leave that wet product in there and so we've gotta get the sheet rock off the wet insulation out," said Brice Baxter, Baxter Construction.
Fans and dehumidifiers dried the carpets over the weekend, but not in time to house the 460 students who attend the elementary school.
"[I'm] 85 to 90-percent positive that we'll be open tomorrow," said Adamson.
"It's a fairly large scale water damage and people are just making the best of it and we're working together," said Baxter.
About a table full of books were ruined and some hardwood floors damaged. At this time, there are no estimates on cost of the damage, the top priority is getting students back to class.