Auditorium, classrooms flood at Harding Academy of Memphis

Auditorium, classrooms flood at Harding Academy of Memphis

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Rain contributed to massive flooding at Harding Academy of Memphis on Saturday.

School President Trent Williamson says rain collected in the courtyard between the school's auditorium and a wing that houses the seventh and eighth grade hallway.

The water rose so high it seeped through walls and doors, eventually pouring into the building.

"The auditorium is completely flooded," Williamson said. "Water went back to row Q and was four feet deep by the stage."

The school had to cancel its production of "The Jungle Book," which was scheduled to perform at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Williamson assured WMC Action News 5 that the show will go on as soon as the school finds another venue for the performance.

Up to two inches of water also collected in eight or nine classrooms and the computer lab in the seventh and eighth grade hallway.

Williamson said that contractors and flood mitigation experts fought most of the day to save computers and servers that contain school information. They also removed standing water in the affected classrooms.

"Safety for the kids is the most important thing," said Williamson.

Despite the standing water being gone, the classrooms are drying, disinfecting and cleaning and could take until Tuesday or Wednesday. He says students will have alternate classrooms until the classes are completely cleaned.

Williamson said that they have had drainage issues in the past, but they have made several attempts to address those problems. He hopes to avoid a similar situation in the future.

"It's a huge inconvenience, very disappointing, and very disheartening," said Williamson. "But the community will overcome this. We have wonderful people working on this to make a great learning environment for our kids Monday morning."

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