HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - It was not a great way to start the work week at Hancock Middle School. When school officials arrived around 6:30 a.m., they noticed the entire school was flooded by a fire sprinkler system. We now know the building will not be ready for students to return to class Tuesday.
"It began with an electrical problem in one of the classrooms, which then set off the entire sprinkler system, flooding the school. We don't know how long it had been going on, but we're still investigating that," said Hancock County School District Assistant Superintendent Donnie Gholston.
Principal Dr. Jessica Taylor said the emphasis today will be cleaning up the mess and trying to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.
"The mess is significant. Lots of water all over the floors and just about the entire school," said Taylor. "We're hoping to have it all cleaned up later today and reopen the school on Tuesday."
If there's any good news to come out of the situation, it's the gymnasium did not flood, and the beautiful wooden floor did not warp. That would've cost a significant amount of money to repair.
Meanwhile, the cleanup continues as school officials try to get life back to normal as quickly as possible.