Due to extreme weather and flash flooding on Friday evening, the storm drains on Macungie Avenue became clogged with leaves and debris causing Category 3 storm water to flood the lower level of Emmaus High School. As a result, the school had water damage that impacted the main office, lower level classrooms, cafeterias, auxiliary gym, and weight room. The first and second floors were unaffected.
Custodial staff were on site during the event and responded immediately. Overnight, District officials secured the services of RestoreCore, a third party disaster restoration contractor. RestoreCore was on site within hours to begin remediation work. By 1:00 PM today, all standing water was removed from hallways, classrooms, and impacted areas. Tomorrow, November 4th, RestoreCore and EPSD staff will focus on removing carpeting, drywall, and any porous surfaces that need to be replaced. Industrial dehumidification units will be placed in the building tomorrow. The expectation is that the impacted areas will be fully remediated and certified for occupancy as soon as possible. The district has a secured the services of Hillmann Consulting to advise, direct, and certify the ongoing remediation process.
Emmaus High School will be closed for students on Monday, November 5th. More updates will be provided as they become available. The district’s priority is returning our students to a clean and safe learning environment as soon as possible.
Special thanks to faculty and staff who worked through the night and/or came in today to assist in clean up efforts. The East Penn School District would also like to thank the community for their generous food donations for our team.