Flooding remediation underway at Northlands College's Canoe Campus

By Derek Cornet
January 8, 2019 - 12:00pm

Classes for students at Northlands College will resume as normal Jan. 9 after a third of the Canoe Campus was flooded.

That’s according to President and CEO Toby Greschner who said a two-inch sprinkler system pipe froze and cracked on the morning of New Year’s Day. The fire alarm monitoring company contacted him about the issue when it happened. Greschner said he arrived on the scene with a maintenance employee about 10 minutes after the call. Since the cracked pipe was located inside a bulkhead, the water didn't spray but instead ran down the wall and began flooding the building.

“We were in there right away to clean up the water and brought in the janitorial people to clean everything up,” Greschner said. “The last few days, we had a restoration company come in and make sure everything was cleaned up properly. We don’t anticipate any problems with classes resuming Wednesday morning.”

Large sections of the building was flooded with about one inch of water. Fans are currently being used in several parts of the building to remediate the spill, including the lower section of the main foyer where students congregate. Large sections of drywall along the floor have also been removed and need to be replaced.

Greschner noted the Canoe Campus, where about 150 adult basic education students study, is safe for people to return from their holiday break, adding anything that was wet has been taken care of. While most of where the water reached was tile flooring, some of it was carpet which will be replaced in the coming weeks. The spring system is also operating normally, he stated.


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