The heavy rainstorm that occurred on Monday, August 20, flooded the first floor of the Reading High School/Reading Middle School Campus and delayed the first day of school for these students. Over the past few years the flooding on the first floor of the High School, located in the old Central Elementary building, has occurred when Reading gets an extremely heavy rain in a short period of time. Steady rainfall over a period of time does not cause the building to flood.
The building was built in 1916 and remodeled in the 1940's. The flooding occurs because the old stormwater system simply cannot handle large amounts of water over a short time span. The water backs up through storm drains in the first-floor hallway and the water quickly runs into all the rooms in that hall. We cannot use sump pumps because they cannot be placed in the hallways.
The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) has been working to resolve the problem but is limited because of the age of the building and condition of the drains.
“The last flood was not nearly as bad as previous ones. Hopefully, we will not get those heavy downpours and the work that MSD has done will help us get through the rest of this school year without more flooding,” said Reading Superintendent, Chuck LaFata.
The damage caused by the flooding and the restoration services are covered by the MSD and the district's insurance company.