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Water Main Break at Oakland School
OAKLAND-- Most of the water has been pushed away, but in several classrooms the damage is clear. Late Tuesday night a water main burst under a hallway in Lake Crest Elementary School, causing several inches of water to seep into classrooms.
Superintendent Lance Landeck says, "Until they turned that water main off we were basically just trying to keep any additional damage from happening. As quickly as the water was coming up we were pushing it out."
In trying to stop the flooding, the Oakland water department was unable to shut off the water valve for the school and had to shut off the entire town's water supply instead.
Landeck says, "I would say we probably had 50-60 people here last night until after midnight. I know both the Oakland fire department and the Ashmore fire department, excuse me if I'm leaving anybody out, but both those volunteer fire departments had personnel here. We had just local citizens that came in and helped, some of our teachers were here, board members, both principals."
Spencer Swensen, of Kima Management, adds, "Probably two days of cleanup, two or three days at the most and we should be able to have them back in. We'll go through with a floor scrubber and scrub all the floors, set dehumidifiers where needed and fans to help dry." As a result of shutting off the water supply, a mandatory boil order is in effect for Oakland residents who must use water.
Water damage centered in a science classroom and a computer lab. The computers were on tables, and so far damage to possessions has been minimal. The district is hoping to have the school cleaned in time to reopen Monday.
Says Landeck, "There's still a little bit of water, not so much standing water but in some corners there's a little bit of water and dirt and mud that came up through the crack in the pipe with the water. We gotta get that cleaned up and then just get the classrooms back in order, get the desks organized."
Adam Rife reporting.