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Broken pipes drench middle school gym floor

At around noon Tuesday, Richmond Schools’ Jeff Southwick was discussing possible damage to the middle school gym floor with Amy Gardner of ServiceMaster Recovery Management, whose company had been assigned by the district’s insurance company. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

At around noon Tuesday, Richmond Schools’ Jeff Southwick was discussing possible damage to the middle school gym floor with Amy Gardner of ServiceMaster Recovery Management, whose company had been assigned by the district’s insurance company. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

By David Knopf/Richmond News

More than five hours after a burst pipe and flooding were discovered Tuesday in the Richmond Middle School gym, basketball uniforms still hung to dry on an impromptu clothesline.

The gym’s wooden floor looked fine, but custodian Stephen Arnold walked to the west wall to demonstrate what happened when he applied his weight to the surface. Water trapped beneath the floor could be seen moving where the moldings between the wall and floor were removed so vacuums could suck up the water that remained.

“This whole floor’s floating,” said Arnold, who worked with fellow custodian Jon Corwin to fill and empty three water vacs. “First thing this morning, this whole place was covered. I’d say we dumped them about 20 times each. We’re still getting water out.”

With school cancelled because of the weather, the building might’ve been vacant had it not been for teachers who walks the halls and sometimes use the gym to exercise.

 

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