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Drainage problems that flooded Gainesville High School's gym fixed

POSTED: October 1, 2013 1:10 a.m.

The Gainesville school system has fixed a drainage problem that led to Gainesville High School’s gym flooding over the rainy summer.

Superintendent Merrianne Dyer said the city provided some assistance with the drainage issue.

“The school system did some additional work in that area in anticipation of clearing that property on Rainey Street,” she said, referring to the old Hall County Parks and Leisure building the school system recently had demolished.

Dyer said the system put a French drain, which is a ditch filled with gravel, in the area. The water flows into the ditch and then into a pipe at the bottom.

The Rainey Street project required additional work to ensure it did not disrupt drainage, Dyer said.

The Gainesville High gym flooded July 23 when a rush of water overran the school’s drainage system and seeped through the door and walls, running underneath the basketball court’s floor and throughout the building.

No permanent damage was immediately detected upon cleanup, though there remain lingering concerns that moisture may remain underneath the wood floor.

It was orginally thought the water came from the neighboring Joyland Child Development Center.

Gainesville Public Works Director David Dockery said the city had discussed the issue with both the school system and Joyland.

“We had advised both ... on some things that they may want to try, to mitigate this kind of thing from happening again,” he said. “We’ve recommended to Joyland that they do some things to slow down the flow of water before it gets to the school system property, and we’ve also advised the school system on upsizing some drainage that they have.”

A final tally of the damage done in July was not available.

A Joyland representative could not be reached for comment.

Dockery said there was no real way of knowing if the water that flooded the gym came from that property.

“If it rains hard enough over a very short period of time, there’s nothing foolproof,” he said.


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