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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Flooded Basement Closes Middle School For A Day

HAVERHILL — Students at Whittier Middle School had a surprise three-day weekend.

A flooded basement shut down the heating system and forced the cancellation of classes yesterday. Much of the electrical system was also not working, according to Principal Toni Donais.

Both Superintendent James Scully and Donais said school will be back in session today. Luis Gonzalez, custodian at Whittier Middle School, showed up for work at around 4 a.m. yesterday and noticed building seemed "a little chilly," Donais said. Gonzalez went down to the basement — and discovered several feet of water.

The flood was caused by the breakdown of two sump pumps, Donais said. Gonzalez called the Fire Department, which pumped out the basement, and notified Jeffrey Dill, who supervises maintenance for all city buildings.

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