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Getting Answers: LHS auditorium flooding

Posted at 6:51 PM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 19:51:04-04

Lafayette High School parents want answers after the school’s auditorium flooded again last week.

School Board member Justin Centanni says the district has money set aside to purchase a pump. Right now, there’s no firm timetable on when the pump will be purchased.

On Facebook, parents and teachers are airing their frustrations after the school’s auditorium flooded last Thursday.
Viewer submitted photos show water underneath the stage and covering the floor in the audience several rows back.

One parent said she drove by the school last week and no one was there suctioning the water out or handling the situation. In her post, she said she’s also concerned about her children being exposed to mold.

This is a story KATC has been following for years.

In April 2016, Centanni walked through the flooded auditorium as he was preparing to hold a town hall meeting.

This afternoon, Centanni said the district has met with contractors three times to figure out how the water is getting in and how to seal it.

So far, no solution.

Once purchased, the pump will be installed near the foot of the stage and will kick on when the water rises.

Kyle Bordelon, LPSS Director of Planning and Facilities said there is no set pattern to when the auditorium floods. He said sometimes when there is a heavy rain, no water gets inside.

Bordelon also mentioned employees work to get the water out as quickly as possible and cleaned up.

The next step is for the school system to get quotes, order the pump and have it installed.