“It was all hands on deck”: Community members come together after water pipes burst
Freezing temperatures aren’t friendly to anyone, especially pipes.
It was all hands on deck over Winter Break at the Francis Howell School District when pipes burst at seven different buildings. The broken pipes, caused by extreme cold and wind, left inches of water in parts of the school buildings.
Staff members from across the District paused their holiday festivities and sprang into action on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
“I was calling saying ‘we need you right now!’ They dropped what they were doing to respond,’’ said the District’s Custodial Manager, Denis Nasufovic. “It was all hands on deck. We have such a dedicated group of people working within our District. I am proud. So proud of all of them.”
Nasufovic commended those who worked through their holiday, saying they worked with no notice without any complaints.
Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Roumpos also applauded the response, calling it a fantastic example of teamwork and the commitment within FHSD to do whatever it takes.
“The good news is that while there is some damage and we had employees who had to respond in different ways over the holiday, most damage can be repaired, and there was minimal impact when students and staff returned from their Winter Break,” he said.
The District is working with its insurance company and Servpro, a fire and water cleanup company, to ensure that all water damage is contained and will not cause any further issues.
We are thankful for the dedicated staff and volunteers who worked over the holidays to respond quickly and appropriately to address and mitigate damage caused by frozen pipes.