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Busted pipes flood classrooms

Katy Nightingale drew a layout of her classroom to show maintenance staff where to put furniture back after the room was flooded.  - Photo by Valentina Petrova
Katy Nightingale drew a layout of her classroom to show maintenance staff where to put furniture back after the room was flooded.
— image credit: Photo by Valentina Petrova

Even after the doors were opened and most of the water rushed out into the back yard of Seabeck Elementary School, Katy Nightingale’s classroom still looked like a lake. Sometime during the first weekend of the school’s winter break, two water pipes burst in the space between the ceiling tile and the roof deck in the room next to Nightingale’s.

Water came down from the ceiling and damaged books and other paper materials and spread to all three classrooms in the pod.

“There was sort of a river that traveled into another classroom,” explained principal Chris Visserman.

The river flowed into a learning center room down the hall and an outside wall of a fourth classroom was soaked as well.

“The furniture was pretty impervious to water, it’s metal,” Nightingale said.

Her room suffered the loss of just a few textbooks, notebooks and library books, as the water poured in.

The water flooded the rooms and hallway during the weekend of Dec. 17 and 18. Lead custodian at Seabeck, Liz Potter, entered the school Monday, Dec. 19, when students and staff were already on break.

“It was water all the way down the hallway and then I just followed the noise,” Potter said, explaining the water was still flowing down where the ceiling had collapsed into the corner classroom. “The

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