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2014-09-03 at 15:59

Westgate gymnasium being repaired after heavy summer rainfalls

Repairs on water damage are underway in the main gym at Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute
Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com
Repairs on water damage are underway in the main gym at Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute
By Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY - The summer’s heavy rainfall has put a damper on returning to school this week for some south-side high school students.

The main gymnasium at Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute is closed while under repairs from water damage sustained this summer.

Lakehead Public Schools director of education Ian MacRae said the amount of rain exceeded the drain capacity on the high school’s roof and water leaked onto the gym floor.

“Unfortunately it caused some of the gym floor to lift and that’s now being replaced and repainted,” he said Wednesday, the first day of the new school year.

“The difficulty with that is it’s a fairly labour-intensive task so it’s going to take a little longer than we hoped.”

The gym should be ready by the end of the month and MacRae said fortunately the school has a second gymnasium and an large playing field beside it so they should be able to accommodate all physical education classes and extra-curricular activities.

“We don’t anticipate much of a blip in our day-to-day operations,” he said.


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working_man says:
sounds like a load of crap, "exceeded the rain capacity of the roof" never heard that one before.
If it's too much rain for a roof, it leaks over the outside edges, not INTO the building. Hope the roofing contractor that was working on the roof at the time (they forgot to mention that) is footing the bill for this one.
9/4/2014 1:01:34 PM
unknowncronik says:
you would think someone would have caught onto this earlier...
9/4/2014 9:50:58 AM
Glyder says:
Schools are empty in July and most of August. Even if janitors are there during the summer, after the gym is cleaned why the need to go back in until just before school starts.

And, it probably was noticed in the last few weeks, hence the repairs have begun.

But, it's probably all a conspiracy...
9/4/2014 12:43:15 PM
ranma says:
It's those flat roofs. They need to retrofit the roofs so they are no longer tar, flat roofs. But don't make the same mistake as they did with the music wing. The metal slanted roofs are dangerous in winter and in spring. We found out the hard way when they were installed the first year.
9/4/2014 2:28:50 AM
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