Colonial clog: huge rain storm almost shuts down school, but staff works to keep classes going

Colonial clog: huge rain storm almost shuts down school, but staff works to keep classes going

COLONIAL SCHOOL — The giant rain storm came storming in on Tuesday, leaving the streets full of water.

The flooding was in the street, and the water level in the sewer came so high that it could come into the building, but the school has a protecter and it blocked the water from coming in, said Mr. Robert Benkwitt, the head custodian.

“We had no use of bathrooms or water,” he said. “We have six storm-drain pumps that pump the water fine. This is the second time this has happened in two years.”

The storm did present problems for the school. “I was concerned that no one could use the bathrooms,” said Mrs. Virginia Manganiello, the school secretary. “Luckily no water came in, but I wanted a day off from work.”

Some kids thought the deluge was an adventure, and some kids were worried.

Zoe  L’Henaff, a third grader, said, “I was happy because I had been in the school forever and I wanted a new experience.”

“I thought my stuff was going to get ruined, and I felt very nervous,” said Arden Gerhart (5H). “I also had a flashback of when my mom got drenched with toilet water in the second grade.”