Edgewood Middle deals with flooding, outages before school starts

Edgewood Middle School was faced with some flooding and power outages shortly before the start of the new school year.

On Aug. 12, water infiltrated the boiler room as a result of heavy rain and a faulty valve serving the storm drainage system, Harford County Public Schools spokeswoman Teri Kranefeld said.

Although administration officials reported everything being fine on Thursday and the school building seemed back to normal, the water damage did cause power outages, as the water damaged "multiple components of the electrical system," Kranefeld said.

"Damaged equipment included but was not limited to the motor control center, breakers, circuits and relay switches," she wrote in an e-mail. "Phone and Internet service was also impacted."

"Immediately upon notification of the problem, damaged equipment was inspected, and diagnosed," she wrote. "Equipment in need of replacement was ordered and received in a few days."

Kranefeld said an emergency generator was installed Aug. 14 to provide temporary power while repairs were being made.

Internet, phones and lighting had all been restored by Thursday, she said.

Parents got a call from the principal informing them of the issue and offering contact information.

"Multiple electrical contractors, an electrical testing company, and BGE, working in conjunction with our Facilities Department, have restored power in preparation for today's open house and the first day of school on Monday, August 26," Kranefeld wrote, adding parents would be notified immediately of any schedule changes. 

"We don't anticipate any changes to the schedule at this time," she said.


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