APS cleaning up after storm damage

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Crews have been working since the weekend to clean up mud, repair roofs and replace flooded carpets at Albuquerque Public Schools. The damage spans from the west side to the East Mountains, but Albuquerque High School was hit hardest.

School officials said at least six inches of rain covered the school’s roof at the height of the storm because it just couldn’t drain the water fast enough. On Tuesday, the school’s performing arts center had fans running to dry out the flooded carpet and the stage.

“We had flooding, this whole area was all flooded out,” said John Dufay, executive director of operations with APS.

He said two inches of water covered the stage inside the performing arts center and there was about an inch actually underneath it too.

“We’ve cut the stage open. We’ve got blowers in here,” he said.

Dufay said he is hoping the stage will dry out because it would cost big bucks to replace.

The carpet is another story. The chairs, which are bolted to the ground, will have to be removed so the carpet can be replaced.

“Just too much water and no place to go,” Dufay said.

APS said Albuquerque High School is one of 16 schools crews had to respond to after the storm over the weekend.

Officials estimate it will cost at least $100,000 to pay for repairs in the district. That money will come from the district’s emergency funds.

Crews are also still working on a portable building at Albuquerque High. The roof was in the middle of being repaired when rain rushed in over the weekend.

Dufay said other APS schools in the UNM area and downtown that got heavy rain are ready for school next week, and Albuquerque High will soon be too.

“School’s going to be open. Everything’s going to be fine,” Dufay said. “It’s not hurting the schools at this point and we’re going to be ready.”

Dufay said APS won’t really know the extent of the repairs necessary at Albuquerque High until everything dries out, but the cleanup should be in its final stages by the end of the week.

He said most of the damage at other schools in the district was minor.

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