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Somebody accessed the building and left an emergency shower running, district officials say.

COURTESY PHOTO: FOREST GROVE SCHOOL DISTRICT - The ceiling of a classroom was damaged by flooding caused by an emergency shower.Flooding damaged most of the science wing at Forest Grove High School.

Forest Grove School District spokesperson David Warner described the incident as an act of vandalism in which somebody accessed the building and left an emergency shower running, causing extensive water damage in seven classrooms.

Warner described having the classrooms in working condition by the start of the new school year as an "aggressive" goal.

"The district is planning alternative scenarios in case the classrooms are not completed in time for the start of school in the fall," Warner said.

He explained the damage.

"The shower on the second floor was pulled and the water was running for at least 24 hours," said Warner. "That running and standing water leaked through the floor and walls from the second floor down to the first floor, damaging the ceilings and walls of seven of the eight classrooms in the high school science wing."

Warner said the flooding also affected the computer server room and other essential fire, internet and phone systems for the high school.

Both the Forest Grove Police Department and Fire & Rescue Department responded to the scene and are helping investigate.

"Somebody in the neighborhood was walking by and looked and saw water coming through the ceiling," Warner said. "There is some pretty significant damage."

Forest Grove Police Department spokesperson Andrew Colasurdo said he could not provide any details on the investigation nor potential suspects.

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue spokesperson Matt Johnston said there was about 4 inches of water standing in the rooms when crews arrived.

"The downstairs rooms had a majority of the ceiling tiles fall and mix with the water, pretty much turning them into a paste," Johnston said. "Our firefighters worked for around two hours clearing out the water and debris. They also isolated items from being further damaged."


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