Londonderry classrooms flooded
The main hallway at Londonderry North Elementary School was off-limits Monday afternoon after a damaged roof membrane led to seven water-logged classrooms. (APRIL GUILMET)
Principal Mary Coltin said she was called to the school shortly after dawn, when custodians alerted her to the damage. By the time Coltin got to school, water had filled one of the main hallways and spread into five first-grade classrooms and two second-grade classrooms.
The roof membrane on the school was easily repaired, she said, but it's going to take at least several days to dry out the soggy classrooms.
"I opened the door this morning and all I could hear was water flowing," school custodian Kevin St. Laurent said.
Ceiling panels in the classrooms and hallways were taken down to allow the water to drip out.
Teacher Kristy Cardin's second-grade classroom suffered the worst damage; water soaked her computer, desk, personal belongings and students' assignments.
In the meantime, some of the first-grade classes will receive their lessons in the music room; other first-grade classes will use a section of the library.
The school's Images of Greatness event, an open house at which students dress as historical characters, had been scheduled for Monday night but was postponed until next week.
"We had custodians from all over the district come here to help today," she said. "It's not the end of the world and things can be replaced. Fortunately, no one was hurt."
Once the water stops dripping and the carpets are fully dried, custodians will shampoo them with an anti-microbial soap to make sure mildew doesn't set in, St. Laurent said.
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