NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Remember last week’s torrential rain which flooded Bank Street and beyond? Well, it also caused the New London High School gym floor to buckle. The first time since it was built in the 1960’s. That’s because it was built with the drain pipes running underneath it.
“One of the pipe’s was clogged that no one knew about and because of the amount of rainfall that we had that caused the pipe to burst and the water came up from underneath,” said Tim Wheeler, the director of operations for the New London school department.
They fixed the pipe, but fixing the floor may be a bit more complicated.
“Best case scenario is that we dry the flooring out and we’re actually going to have a steam roller, a small roller in here and actually re-roll the floor and hopefully it stays flat,” said Wheeler. “Worst case scenario is a complete redo of the floor.”
That worst case scenario could cost a couple hundred thousand dollars. When News 8 was in the gym on election day there was a small buckle in the floor, but that has now spread several feet to almost half the width of the gym. The problem spread because the moisture built up while the driers were put on hold so the air quality could be tested. Those tests came back fine and News 8 has learned the asbestos in the adhesive on the sub floor may no longer be a cause for concern.
“It’s under the sub floor so even if we have to do a removal there’s a possibility we’ll never touch that and everything will be fine,” said Wheeler.
For now, gym classes are held outside, girls volleyball is played at other schools, and Principal Tommy Thompson says basketball doesn’t start for a month.
“Hopefully we will not be destroying any of their hoop dreams and this place will be ready,” said Thompson.