Broken pipes cause extensive water damage at Lynnwood HS

Crews are cleaning up a big mess at Lynnwood High School after several pipes burst over the winter break.

Six classrooms and three offices have damage from water that pooled on the floor – about an inch or so in most spots. It was discovered on Friday morning.

“The Capital Projects, custodial, maintenance crews and contractor did an amazing job addressing the issue immediately, which prevented the damage from being worse. They should be commended for their efforts,” said DJ Jakala, Edmonds School District spokesperson.

Jakala said they’re using fans to dry out the walls before they replace the Sheetrock. In the meantime they’ve had to get creative with finding space for the students. Temporary classrooms have been set up on the theater stage, library, bio-tech room and a flex area. It will be at least two weeks before the students can move back to the classrooms.

There’s no word yet on what caused the pipes to break and district officials did not want to speculate. The building opened in 2009.

“Engineers who installed the system are evaluating and investigating to ensure we pinpoint the exact cause of what triggered the leaks. All systems in the building have been looked at and of course every step will be taken to prevent this from happening again,” said Jakala.

  1. My oh my, all that money spent on the new high school and they couldn’t insulate the pipes! Isn’t that Basic Construction 101? So much for exorbitant “expert” consultant fees, huh District? That could explain why the access roads to BOTH Lynnwood High and Mountlake Terrace High were a sheet of ice resulting in a bus at MTHS sliding into 3 parked cars with 48 high school students on board and no way to get out except jumping out the back.

  2. The article says nothing about insulation on the pipes driverk.

    “There’s no word yet on what caused the pipes to break and district officials did not want to speculate.”

    Don’t jump to conclusions yet. Perhaps that was a problem, but we just don’t know yet.

  3. The high school that my 70 year old father attended is still standing, back east.

    Here in Lynnwood, the thirty-year-old school was just demolished and the brand spankin’ new one has burst pipes already. It would be hilarious if it weren’t for the costs involved.

    You’ve got to wonder if it’s just planned obsolescence to justify the building of another new school in, say twenty years.


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