High school gym destroyed by flood

Nettleton Gym Flooding
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Less than a year after the school renovated the gym at Nettleton High School, it was destroyed by a flood Tuesday night.

Superintendent James Dunivan said the gym was still brand new on the inside.

"The sad thing is we just finished remodeling the gym less than a year ago," Dunivan said. "We put in new bleachers and an entire new floor."

Around 3 a.m. on Wednesday, Dunivan walked into the gym and saw the mess he did not want to see.

He said water stood over a foot tall. The water was seeping up through the cracks in the wood.

"We were very proud of our gym," Dunivan said. "Now it is a complete loss."

Work crews were already on scene pulling up wood Wednesday.

Dunivan hopes to replace the flooring quickly so athletes do not have to work around more renovations.

"We are going to try very hard to have the gym finished again for a second time by the middle of August," Dunivan said. "It's very important to us. We want our volleyball girls to get in the gym this year. They missed some of their first games last year because we were remodeling it last season."

Camps that were originally scheduled at the gym this summer will be moved to a different location.

Dunivan said the flood also damaged one other part of campus. Equipment in the television department was ruined.

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