Rain likely causes ceiling collapses at Sprague, Lind Elementary


by KREM.com


Posted on September 6, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 6 at 5:47 PM

Crews had two big messes to clean up Friday after ceilings collapsed at Lind Elementary School and at a building in Sprague, Washington.

School district officials said part of the ceiling over the Lind Elementary library collapsed Thursday evening after rain caused a drain pipe to break.  Lind School District Superintendent Robert Roettger said the drain flowed over the library.

A restoration crew has been hard at work in the library at the elementary school.

"Six o'clock this morning I got a call from the custodian saying we had a leak in the library but it was worse than he had ever seen before,' said Roettger.

No injuries were reported.

School continued as normal for students.

Heavy rainfall was also suspected in the ceiling collapse in the town of Sprague.  No injuries were reported in that collapse.

The building's owner said one of the walls of the structure appeared to be bulging outward days before the roof caved in Friday.

The building was over 100 years old.

A man who lived in the building just recently moved out. His friend say he just finished moving out Thursday morning. 

"We were in there tow, three days ago and noticed the east wall was boed a little bit and pulled away from the center wall and we were just joking around, 'You got to get out of here. This things gonna come down,'" said Carl Parks whose friend lived in the building.