Camas schools suffered at least $250,000 worth of damage during last week’s winter storms that blanketed the region in snow and ice over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, Jan. 13-15, and again on Tuesday, Jan. 16.
Camas School District (CSD) Superintendent John Anzalone said “the biggest loss” was at Skyridge Middle School, where frozen pipes burst Sunday morning, Jan. 14, leaking “3,200 gallons of water (that) seeped under doorways of a lot of the classrooms.”
CSD Operations Supervisor Randy Barnes said 22 Skyridge classrooms and the school library were impacted by the leaks, which stemmed from an upstairs fire-sprinkler system and an HVAC system in what Barnes described as the “far corner” of the school library.
Barnes said the local fire department and maintenance crews responded to the larger, upstairs leak within 30 minutes and that that maintenance staff responded to the library leak “very quickly, within minutes.”
The water leak in the library damaged ceiling tiles and carpeting, but spared the majority of the books, Anzalone said.