Well over 100,000 gallons of water was pumped out of Gering High School’s boiler room over the weekend. The flooding occurred when water from the heavy rains over the weekend flowed into utility tunnels created by Hausmann Construction for the renovation at the high school and into the building’s boiler room.
Superintendent Bob Hastings says his maintenance personnel estimated between 125,000 and 150,000 gallons of water, which was over six feet high, were pumped out of the boiler room .
Hastings says the school district’s maintenance personnel, employees from the city of Gering, Hausmann Construction and Snell Services worked throughout the weekend to pump the water out so the school could open today.
Hastings says power was turned off to the school during the work and was finally turned back on at mid-afternoon Sunday. Hastings says there was no threat to the school’s water supply or any health issues to be worried about, and any repairs to equipment or the boilers will be reviewed after school ends this week.