Thursday’s rain, accumulated snow created problems for East Longmeadow High School

Hampden County

Thursday’s heavy rain combined with several inches of accumulated snow created problems for East Longmeadow High School Thursday.

School custodians quickly replaced soggy ceiling tiles from the roof leakage.

East Longmeadow Public Works employees determined there was no structural damage to interfere with classes resuming Friday.

East Longmeadow School Superintendent Gordon Smith explained the weather-related conditions.

“As the snow absorbed the rain, water traveled underneath the snowpack almost like a glacier across the roof and found different areas to access the building,” said Smith.

It’s believed that the rain and snow combined to effect heat sensors causing the school’s fire alarms to go off Thursday afternoon.

Nearly 1,000 students and faculty spent 30 minutes taking refuge at the nearby St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, before returning to the high school.

Despite all those issues, Superintendent Smith said the school day ended at the normal time of 1:45 p.m.

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