Sewage leak provokes chaos


Photo Credit: Evelyn Zanowski

The leakage began around noon on Feb. 2, 2016.

by Julia Rooney, Multimedia Manager

During Period 8 on Feb. 2 2016, the sewage pipes located under the sinks of room C-131 leaked a gray, murky substance.

The class panicked as sculpture teacher Ms. Mara Siegel phoned the office to inform them of the leakage.

“Water came out from the underneath the sink cabinets,” Siegel said. “I’m sure it will be cleaned up in a timely manner.”

The leakage was first visible coming from the left side of the classroom where five different sinks are located. Then the sink in the far right corner of the room also began to overflow.

Sophomores Sydney Carr and Laura Nogara were two of the students in the sculpture class at this time. They were preparing to start their new assignment when the drains burst.

“It was very gross and we all ran to get our bags because the water started flowing out very fast from all drains,” Carr said.

As the leakage rapidly spread around the classroom, the smell began to follow. It was an awful stench and it could be smelt in connecting hallways.

“Everyone started to get their bags and leave because it was spreading everywhere and smelt really bad,” Nogara said.

The Sculpture I class was left without a classroom, forced across the hall by the spreading liquid.

Sophomore Cole Deutschman was also in the sculpture class. He was working on his project when interrupted by the chaos of the situation.

“I didn’t even notice it until everyone started screaming and then I saw it and I was like, ‘Oh man, I’ve got to get out of here,’” Deutschman said.

For safety reasons, all classes taking place in the C-wing were relocated to the cafeteria.

Sophomore John LaMacchia was sitting across the hall in his photo class when the reactions of fellow students caught his attention.

“I was across the hall and all of a sudden I hear shrieks and this awful smell fills my nostrils. I didn’t really know what was going on,” LaMacchia said.

Principal Arlotta announced that the art and gym classes would meet in the cafeteria to avoid the sewage issue as the custodial staff works to clean the effected classrooms.