Saturday 17 March 2018

Work continues at pace at school after flooding

A result of the flooding at Scoil Iosagáin Coolgreaney
A result of the flooding at Scoil Iosagáin Coolgreaney

WORK is underway at Scoil Iosagáin Coolgreany this week to ensure it reopens for the new term on Thursday, August 28, after a burst pipe caused flooding to the school's entrance hall and two rooms.

The flood of water was discovered on Friday, August 8 last, but it's thought it was only flowing for a day or two. The hallway, an office, and the multi-purpose room were mainly affected. The leak has been blamed on a corroded underground pipe near the entrance to the school.

'The building is 30 years old and the windows, doors, piping and heating systems all need to be replaced,' said Principal Matthew Meleady. 'The mains pipe under a door saddle was corroded. The water destroyed three carpets and some school books and sports equipment.'

'We applied for emergency works to have the piping and windows etc replaced last year but were refused,' he said. 'We went for summer works this year, but were told we weren't on the priority list. If this had happened during term we would have had to close.'

The clean up has begun, and the books which were part of the fifth and sixth class book rental scheme will be replaced before the start of term next week.

'We will have to make another application for emergency works,' said Matthew. 'The pipes are worn, and we're spending thousands more on heat than we should and it's killing our budget. We're hoping an engineer can convince the Department this work needs to be done because we don't know when the next burst will be.'

Gorey Guardian