Flooding postpones first day for one Seattle school


by KREM.com


Posted on September 3, 2014 at 5:34 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 3 at 1:53 PM

A storm system moving through Western Washington Tuesday brought heavy rain, winds and some lightning.

For Fairview Christian School and Child Center in North Seattle, it also brought a delay to the start of the school year.

The storm moved in as the school was hosting parent orientation Tuesday evening.

"A parent came up to me and said there's water coming up out of one of the toilets," said Fairview Christian Principal Sharilee West. "Probably the worst damage is in the gym, because our gym is carpeted."

A boys' bathroom also flooded, along with a carpeted entrance area near the school's water fountains.

The Seattle Fire Department arrived at the school and quickly helped mop up the water, but the concern didn't end there.

West learned that the school's sewers had been overloaded in the storm, and it was sewage water that had filled the school.

"It would be mostly a safety issue," she said.

For that reason, the decision was made to postpone the first day of school, which was supposed to be Wednesday. All families with children who attend the school were notified by phone and by email. West hopes to welcome students back into the classroom by Thursday, but can't say for sure until the clean-up is complete.

The downpour also flooded streets in Seattle and other areas. Seattle Public Utilities responded to dozens of reports around the city of flooding and sewage backups. Redmond recorded almost half an inch of rain while Oak Harbor had six-tenths of an inch.

Lightning strikes from the storm were mostly concentrated in the north, including in Island and Skagit Counties.

The system also contributed to power outages in Seattle, Auburn, Sammamish, and Alger.