The creek to the east of Cross Timbers Middle School flooded the school’s gymnasium during a storm June 16. Trustees had to replace the gym floor.
“It was not only expensive, but it put us out of business in the main gym for a long period of time,” Superintendent Robin Ryan said.
At the time, board member Jesse Rodriguez asked about what needs to be done to prevent future flooding from happening. Chief Operations Officer Paula Barbaroux said this is something the district would have to explore, as nothing in the current bond program assists with flooding from the creek.
On Nov. 18 the district approved using interest earnings in the amount of $6,000 from the 2005 bond program to officially hire Huckabee to perform the investigative study.
“This is to see if there are things that can be adjusted in the creek to be able to mitigate that [flooding] for any time in the future,” Ryan said.
The investigation will review the drainage impacts from the adjacent creek to the east of the school, review drainage models from the cities and research existing drainage calculations on the creek, according to district documents.
The information from the study will help the district determine if a future project is necessary to prevent another flood at the school’s gymnasium, according to district documents. Barbaroux said she expects the study to take a few months, but an estimated timeline was not presented.
“We have to know exactly what that issue is and what is causing it,” Rodriguez said.