ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque High School gym is completely flooded resulting in half a million dollars in damages and leaving students without a gym for the rest of the school year.
Tuesday morning, the entire Eldorado High School gym was filled with two inches of water. Now the water is actually underneath the floor causing irreparable damage.
It happened Monday night after a water line broke in the boy’s locker room and wasn’t caught until Tuesday morning. By then, the entire gym floor was ruined.
The school will now have to remove the bleachers and tear out all the flooring to replace it. They said old pipes in an old school are to blame.
“It definitely can happen in older schools,” said Executive Director of Operations at Albuquerque Public Schools, John Dufay. “The average age of our schools in the district are 43 years old.”
Albuquerque Public School officials said they now plan to look at other pipes in the school.
“We’re going to be looking at this school very carefully and look at any of that piping that we saw that is fatigued, that did break, we’ll look for that same pipes around here and replace a lot of those pipes,” said Dufay.
APS said rebuilding the gym floor at Eldorado will cost at least half a million dollars, maybe more. They expect it to be finished by August.
For the rest of the school year, students will have P.E. classes outside.