3 Humble ISD campuses receive minor water damages caused by winter storm

Humble ISD students who would normally attend classes in the damaged areas of the buildings will be temporarily relocated to other parts of the buildings. (Courtesy Pexels)
Humble ISD students who would normally attend classes in the damaged areas of the buildings will be temporarily relocated to other parts of the buildings. (Courtesy Pexels)

Humble ISD students who would normally attend classes in the damaged areas of the buildings will be temporarily relocated to other parts of the buildings. (Courtesy Pexels)

Following a weeklong closure during Winter Storm Uri, Humble ISD reopened all campuses to students and staff Feb. 22. However, repairs to fix water-damaged areas on three campuses will continue, district officials said.

Three schools—Humble High School, Atascocita Middle School and Deerwood Elementary School—and a portion of the district's board, business and technology center took on some minor water damage due to water systems freezing and breaking, according to HISD Chief Communications Officer Jamie Mount. Students who would normally attend classes in the damaged areas of the buildings will be temporarily relocated to other parts of the buildings, and Mount said the affected areas will be renovated with new flooring, ceilings and walls, as needed.

A fire sprinkler froze and burst at Humble High School, causing damage in two hallways of the campus, Mount said. While water was cleaned and dried out, six classrooms in the freshmen hallway as well as the dance hall and the JROTC area will be temporarily closed as repairs continue.

The band hall and choir room at Atascocita Middle School were also damaged when a hose connection on an exterior wall froze and burst, Mount said. While the woodshop also received minor damages, Mount said the shop was still able to be utilized by students.

Additionally, water from a broken pipe entered Deerwood Elementary School through the atrium, damaging the second-grade hallway. However, Mount said plans were already in place to replace the flooring and paint at Deerwood Elementary School.


At the start of the storm, HISD lowered the temperature of its buildings to limit electricity usage to help maintain the state's power grid, Mount said. However, HISD campuses lost power as outages spread across the region, which brought the temperatures of the buildings even lower and ruptured some water systems, she said. A cost estimate for the damages was not provided by press time.

"Our thanks to maintenance staff, custodians, child nutrition staff, technology staff, as well as the Humble ISD Police Department, for their continuous work checking facilities, making repairs, and restoring supplies," the district stated in a news release Feb. 19. "We are excited to welcome students and staff back to school!"

Editor's note: This article was updated with additional information on damages at Deerwood Elementary School.
By Kelly Schafler

Editor, Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she became editor, she was the reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition for a year and a half.



MOST RECENT

Imperio Wine & Spirits sells a variety of liquor, beer, wine and spirits. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Imperio Wine & Spirits opens in Katy; Montgomery Chick-fil-A to open dining room and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Greater Houston area.

The current Humble Fire Station No. 2 is located on Wilson Road. (Courtesy Google Maps)
Humble City Council votes to negotiate contract with architect to design Humble Fire Station No. 2 replacement

Members of the Humble Fire Department were also recognized by City Council for their win at the North Harris Firefighter Challenge on April 24.

Crunch Fitness is replacing 24 Hour Fitness, which closed its Atascocita location along with at least 11 other facilities in the Greater Houston area last June. (Rendering courtesy Crunch Fitness)
National gym chain Crunch Fitness to replace former 24 Hour Fitness spot in Atascocita

The pool, sauna and steam room will be renovated, while the basketball court will transition into a turf area for small-group training and a spin class studio.

Mayor Norman Funderburk took the oath of office on May 13. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Humble swears in incoming Mayor Norman Funderburk, incumbent council members

Norman Funderburk was sworn in as mayor and incumbents Charles “Andy” Curry and Charles Cunningham were also sworn in after being re-elected to places 1 and 2, respectively.

See how some Greater Houston area school districts are planning to go back to school for the 2021-22 academic year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
See how some Greater Houston area school districts are planning to go back to school for the 2021-22 academic year

While some school districts in the Greater Houston area are doing away with face mask requirements and virtual schooling completely, others are pivoting to continue offering online learning options for students and plan to require face masks.

masks
CDC ends all mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

The guidance states fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

Single-family home sales were up 47.4% compared to last April with 9,105 units sold versus 6,175 a year earlier. (Courtesy Houston Association of Realtors)
HAR: Houston-area home sales in April up 47% compared to last year

Single-family home sales were up 47.4% compared to April 2020.

House Bill 1024, signed into law May 12, allows restaurants and bars to permanently sell alcoholic beverages to-go. (Courtesy Pexels)
Cocktails to-go are here to stay in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott signs change into law May 12

Supporters say the change will help restaurants continue to recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

New details could emerge soon on the potential use of underground tunnels to carry flood water in Harris County, and officials voted May 11 to dedicate an additional $3.26 million to study efforts along Buffalo Bayou. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
County commissioners expand scope of flood tunnel study as next phase nears completion

New details could emerge soon on the potential use of underground tunnels to carry flood water in Harris County, and officials voted May 11 to dedicate an additional $3.26 million to study efforts along Buffalo Bayou.

Middle School No. 10 will open in August 2022. (Rendering courtesy Humble ISD's presentation for the community input meeting)
Humble ISD trustees approve attendance boundaries for incoming Middle School No. 10

Middle School No. 10 will open in August 2022 near Ridge Creek Elementary School.

Russo's New York Pizzeria will open its second location in the Lake Houston area in New Caney. (Courtesy The Signorelli Co.)
Russo's New York Pizzeria to make June debut in Valley Ranch Town Center

The Italian eatery—located in the space formerly occupied by RC's NYC Pizza & Pasta—will also feature an outdoor patio.