Overflowing toilets, drain give Ridgetop kids early dismissal

Ridgetop Junior High students were sent home at about 1 p.m. Monday because of minor flooding in the science wing of the school.

Paper towels stuffed into the toilets of the girls and boys bathroom and clogged drains caused the flooding, which affected two bathrooms, three classrooms and a hallway, school officials said Monday afternoon.

School is usually dismissed at 2:05 p.m.

Classes and after-school activities including Community Schools programs were canceled.

“We don't anticipate any damage, it was caught early,” said principal Chris Wyatt.

According to a letter sent home with students, the flooding was discovered at about noon. Students in the affected classrooms were moved to another part of the school and the flooded area was closed off.

Water to the school was turned off while maintenance crews cleared the drains and unclogged the toilets. Fearing the water would be turned off for several hours, officials decided to cancel school. Custodian crews cleaned up the water and disinfected the area, which was uncarpeted. Classes resumed Tuesday.

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