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Flood damage at Harrison Central High causes problems

About a month ago, the Harrison Central gymnasium flooded and caused nearly extensive damage. (Photo source: WLOX) About a month ago, the Harrison Central gymnasium flooded and caused nearly extensive damage. (Photo source: WLOX)
In late July, construction crews renovating the front entrance to the school's administration office hit a sewage line. (Photo source: WLOX) In late July, construction crews renovating the front entrance to the school's administration office hit a sewage line. (Photo source: WLOX)
A plumber called to the scene capped off the line, which eventually caused the restroom(s) in the gym to flood. (Photo source: WLOX) A plumber called to the scene capped off the line, which eventually caused the restroom(s) in the gym to flood. (Photo source: WLOX)
Despite the damage and the problems with scheduling, Harrison County School officials have taken advantage of the down time to do some much needed renovation. (Photo source: WLOX) Despite the damage and the problems with scheduling, Harrison County School officials have taken advantage of the down time to do some much needed renovation. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

About a month ago, the Harrison Central gymnasium flooded and caused nearly extensive damage. But even with all those issues, the Harrison County School district has found a silver lining.

The problems all started in late July when construction crews renovating the front entrance to the school's administration office hit a sewage line.

A plumber called to the scene capped off the line, which eventually caused the restroom(s) in the gym to flood.

"The building you have to remember was built in 1967, and there's no sure blueprint where the underground utilities are located," said Harrison County School Superintendent Henry Arledge.

The gym floor, dressing rooms and the concession area were also damaged along with the trophy case.

The total price tag? About $250,000. But that doesn't include the value of lost time and issues with scheduling the school faces now.

Harrison Central principal Averie Bush says P.E. classes have been moved elsewhere on campus, and basketball and volleyball practices had to be relocated.

Said Bush: "The other schools in the district have been very helpful in accommodating us, saying they understand the situation and so they've allowed us to use their facilities, so it's really worked out for us."

Despite the damage and the problems with scheduling, Harrison County School officials have taken advantage of the down time to do some much needed renovation.

"Mr. Arledge felt it was time that we renovate the concession area. It didn't have any way to protect the items they were selling so we're inclosing it, putting roll down windows, trying to modernize it," said Harrison County School District Maintenance Director Larry Benefield.

Benefield said it's taken time for the insurance process to work, but he's confident they will eventually get what they need to do the repairs.

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