Valley Center school district office floods again

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Wichita, Kan. -- Valley Center's school district offices flood for the second time in two weeks. Both times pipes broke after frigid weather suggesting the pipes froze.

Assistant School Superintendent Mike Bonner says the latest break happened Wednesday January 8th about 2:pm while district employees were busy at work.

He says a building alarm started sounding. Director of Maintenance and Grounds, Dan Gentry, comes to the building in response to the alarm. School security video of the building's foyer shows Gentry opening the front door and immediately hundreds of gallons of water come cascading through the ceiling tiles.

The first water break happened December 31st. It was mostly confined to the Board of Education meeting room.

This latest break is more widespread through the offices. Now a restoration company has fans and dehumidifiers working throughout the building trying to dry out the walls and carpet.

Bonner says a final damage estimate hasn't been made.

He says employees are hoping to return to the building within the week even though repairs will still be going on.


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