The damaging aftereffects of the flooding rain that soaked New London one week ago are still being seen.
The gymnasium at New London High School has warped and it has gotten dramatically worse as time went on.
“It's sad because if it doesn't get fixed before the season, where are we going to play?” asked Armani Townsend, who is a New London basketball player and saw the first-hand damage done by the rain. “It's crazy, the water just came out of nowhere.”
Principal Tommy Thompson said a problem with the drainage under the court led to a flooded gym.
“The water did surface in the gym, we had custodians come down with fans blowing, trying to get the water off the floor as quickly as possible,” Thompson said.
However, there was no taming the warping.
“It didn't look like this initially. It sort of expanded as time went on,” Thompson said.
This happened at a bad time too, as the volleyball team is practicing at neighboring Waterford and the basketball team may do the same, but officials are also worried about the long term impact of the one day of rain.
Thousands will be spent repairing something that was set to be replaced very soon.
New London was planning on building a brand new gym as part of the new “high school future,” Thompson said. “We owe it to the kids now to provide a great learning experience.”
There is still no decision as to what will be done to fix the floor. Insurance will cover some of the damage, and on the cheaper end it could cost a few thousand dollars, but if the majority of the floor needs to be replaced, it could run into the hundreds of thousands.
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