The Bible promises the earth will never again be destroyed by a flood, so Randy Reddinger knew he wasn't dealing with a problem of apocalyptic proportions.
But as the head administrator of the Shrewsbury Christian Academy, the problem he was dealing with was bad enough.
Last Thursday, teachers discovered the 4,500-square foot building had been filled, wall-to-wall, with more than an inch of water after a gas furnace stopped working.
"We have two furnaces, and one dropped out," Reddinger said of the scene last Thursday morning. "So the water line froze and burst and shot up in the air, and soaked the insulation overhead in the restrooms. Then it went down through the wall it was fastened to, so the wall had to come out. We have a 48-by-94 foot building and it put an inch to an inch and a half of water all over the floor of the building."
The school's 16 teachers and 93 students, preschool through grade 8, haven't returned since last Wednesday. Reddinger said it would probably be Monday or Tuesday until the building is ready for use.
He has had to call 13 "calamity" days off from school. Those include some snow days, he said, and the last day of school has already been moved from May 30 to June 6.
The building is carpeted everywhere except for the hallways, so a mitigation team had to vacuum the floors and dry them with blowers and dehumidifiers for four days. The next step is installing new drywall and spraying carpets with a product that discourages the growth of mold, he said.
"Everybody is taking this fine," Reddinger said. "The only concern is a couple parents worried about the carpet being musty and moldy ... but we have been assured there will be no mold."
Reddinger is holding a meeting for parents at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the school, 701 Windy Hill Road in Shrewsbury Township, to discuss the repairs and answer questions.
He estimated the repairs to the school will cost between $20,000 and $30,000, all paid for by insurance, minus a $1,000 deductible, he said.
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