Washington TEC school damaged in floodwaters

July 29, 2017
About two feet of floodwater and sewage soak the basement of Transitional Employment Consultant, 330 Central Ave., Washington, Friday night. - Courtesy of Kendra Casella

WASHINGTON – A local nonprofit school for students with special needs is one of the many buildings in Washington facing major flood damage.

About two feet of floodwater and some sewage ruined the basement of Transitional Employment Consultant, at 330 Central Ave., Friday night, during a rainstorm that had several areas of the county under water.

“There was some sewage and the flood water,” Kendra Casella, assistant director of educational programs, said Saturday evening. “We were there all day (Saturday), and there until almost 10 p.m. last night just trying to salvage anything.”

TEC, known for assisting adults with disabilities with job training and employment opportunities, has a small private school in the basement of its facility for students with special needs. Throughout the school year they service about 35 students.

Casella said the basement and school portion of the building was damaged in the flooding, including two classrooms, two offices, bathrooms a reading room and kitchen appliances and cabinets.

“A restoration crew came in to take up flooring,” she said. “They have everything drying and don’t want us to go back in there until Monday.”

Casella said they will try to have the restoration work done by the start of the school year. She said the staff spent most of Saturday trying to clean the facility.

“It’s just a lot,” she said. “We definitely didn’t plan for this.”

She said donations and donated services from the community would be most welcome.

“Putting things back together is going to be the big thing and having the money to do it,” she said.

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