October 30, 2014

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Crews clean up flood damage at North Ridgeville schools

North Ridgeville High School maintenance crews are cleaning up after flood waters filled the Northeast corner of the building, including the boiler room. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

North Ridgeville High School maintenance crews are cleaning up after flood waters filled the Northeast corner of the building, including the boiler room. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

North Ridgeville Schools were closed today as crews worked to clean up flooding at the high school and middle schools.

The dark stain marks the height of high water in a North Ridgeville High School classroom.

The dark stain marks the height of high water in a North Ridgeville High School classroom.

Roger Fleming, head custodian at the head school, said about 2 ½ to 3 feet of water flooded parts of the school after severe weather moved through the area Monday night. He said maintenance crews began working at 9:30 p.m., and worked through the night to pump out water from the school.

Fleming said the majority of the flooding was in the industrial areas of the school, including the woodworking shop. He added the teachers’ parking lot was entirely submerged Monday night, but the water was receding this morning.

Fleming said maintenance workers were using bleach to disinfect everything this morning, and he was optimistic school would be ready to re-open Wednesday.

Steve Esber, the middle school’s head custodian, said the situation at the middle school was similar. He said crews were working to make sure the school could re-open Wednesday.

Esber said the district’s elementary schools were mostly unaffected, but were closed today because all of the district’s meals are prepared at the middle school.

Both Esber and Fleming said this was the seventh flooding situation they’ve worked through since June.