Torrential Rain Floods THS

James Dubreuil ‘19
EE Co-Managing Editor

Tuesday, September 25th seemed like it was going to be a relatively normal day at Trumbull High. Most students knew that it was supposed to rain, even pour, but no one expected what had ended up happening on this unforgettable Tuesday.

7.32 inches of rain fell in a short period of time leaving residents flabbergasted by the magnitude of this natural disaster.

A number of Trumbull High School students, especially those with after-school activities, were affected by the weather. One junior, Tyler Rudich, shares his experience through the afternoon of the 25th:
“I was leaving practice at about 4:30 when the water was getting too high on the car I was in. It got so high that when I opened the door water poured into the car. I was frantically waving at the car behind us to turn around so we could back out of the flooding. The whole situation was totally nuts and I’m happy that I got out of it.”

Tyler’s recollection of the flash flood is a small sample of what many students experienced Tuesday afternoon. At the high school, water amounted to a dangerous height, causing severe damage to a number of cars. Students that managed to escape the school with minimal damage could be considered lucky. A small unlucky bunch, however, was stuck with their cars being trapped in deep water up as high as the windows of their vehicles.

THS sophomore Joe Gregory remarks that, “After cross-country practice the water was so deep that I thought I might be able to go swimming in it.”

All district schools were delayed because of the flooding but Trumbull High School was affected most, requiring classes to be postponed for three days.

“The issues created by the water impacted the front of the building and our some of our athletic fields”, according to Principal Marc Guarino. “Specifically, the Main Office, front security offices, the Dean’s Offices, the auditorium, the boys hallway in athletics, and the athletic conference room took the majority of the water that entered the building and to a lesser extent, the gymnasium and band and orchestra rooms were impacted.”

By Thursday, the Trumbull Health Department’s Inspector and Health Director joined a team of administrators and facility personnel in a walk through visit of the school and deemed conditions acceptable to resume classes beginning Monday October 1, according to a message from Superintendent Dr. Gary Cialfi.

“We were very impressed by the proactive preventative cleanup efforts taking place at the school”, said Rhonda Capuano, Trumbull’s Director of Health, in a letter to Dr. Cialfi that was shared with the community. “Since the affected parts of the school do not impact the instructional areas of the school, I see no problem in opening the school while the remediation continues”.

In low areas of town, sewers were overflowing, rivers were rising, and cars were being caught in the streets as they tried to traverse the difficult waters, acccording to loacal news sources.

Three main areas were largely affected in these ways: the Mall, Trumbull Center, Trumbull High School, and any neighboring streets.

It was a memorable experience for students and teachers in what was supposed to be the first full week of school.

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