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Warren schools fend off most flooding during downpour

August 18, 2014

WARREN — As heavy rains fell across metro Detroit Aug. 11, several buildings in Warren Woods Public Schools endured water damage as a result of leaking roofs and flooding from the downpour.

According to WWPS Superintendent Stacey Denewith-Fici, water backed up in some basements of a couple of the school buildings and needed to be pumped out. Because Frazho Road was flooded, the district’s Education Center sustained water damage to the front landscaping. The superintendent also reported that drivers used the sidewalk to drive on because the road was “completely flooded.”

“We have an insurance adjuster on site today to walk the damaged areas with our director of facilities,” Denewith-Fici said in an email Aug. 13. “Fortunately, the flooding and damage was not in areas where we were hosting summer school classes, so our entire district was open for families and programs on Tuesday.”

Fitzgerald Public Schools Superintendent Barbara VanSweden felt “very fortunate” because none of the district’s buildings had any damage from the historic rainfall. The district’s maintenance staff came back to the buildings on Monday evening to ensure all pumps worked to capacity. FPS officials, however, canceled summer camps Aug. 12 because they were concerned students might not be able to get out on the streets and staff might not be able to get to the school.

Van Dyke Public Schools officials also canceled summer school classes Aug. 12. The district’s Facebook page stated closing schools was “due to the weather and its consequences.” On the same day, the Mobile Pantry was postponed due to flooding conditions in the city.

Warren Consolidated Schools came through it all unscathed.

“We did not have any major flooding or damage to our buildings,” WCS public relations specialist Renee Burch said.

To be safe, WCS officials closed the year-round programs at Fillmore, Holden and Siersma elementary schools on Aug. 12 because of unsafe road conditions the rain caused. Year-round school reopened Aug. 13.

About the author

Staff Writer Maria Allard covers the school districts of Center Line, Fitzgerald, Van Dyke, Warren Consolidated and Warren Woods, and Macomb Community College for the Warren Weekly newspaper. She also covers northeast Detroit, the City of Harper Woods and the Harper Woods District Schools for the Advertiser Times newspaper, and the City of Grosse Pointe Woods and the Grosse Pointe Public Schools System for the Grosse Pointe Times newspaper. Allard has worked for C&G Newspapers since 1995, and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University.

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