Flooding damages Lowell Elementary School

Posted at 9:56 AM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 11:56:07-04

MISSOULA – A different kind of flood for one Missoula elementary school that’s drying out after a  water leak over the weekend.

The incident happened at Lowell Elementary School and the culprit was a valve underneath a sink in a second floor classroom. It cracked and caused water to leak from sometime Friday until it was discovered Monday morning.

Water flooded two second story rooms and leaked into two others on the floor below. A total of two first grade rooms, a second grade room, the floor of the computer lab and a bathroom were affected.

Five Valleys Restoration has fans blowing in the wet areas and once the floors and walls are dry, they’ll be able to determine what needs to be replaced. In the meantime, the school is adjusting and moving those students into different rooms.

The floors and the carpet are questionable at this point — and the walls and drywall and paint — has been affected. And a lot of teacher supplies and kids work has also been affected," Lowell Elementary School principal Brooke Casper said. "We’re very fortunate to have this big beautiful building so we are able to use some of the extra spaces that we have to relocate the three classrooms affected.

There’s no estimate yet on how much repairs will cost.

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