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Update: Berry Middle School closed due to water spill; Statement from Hoover FD, School System

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Joint Statement from Hoover City Schools/Hoover Fire Department:

"Berry Middle School was closed today after an overnight water incident dumped a significant amount of water in a portion of the school. Some of the first employees to arrive at the school this morning initially noticed the issue and notified school authorities.  Hoover Fire Department officials were called to the scene and immediately began investigating.  No students were ever in danger, as the incident was discovered before the school day began.  Students were diverted to Spain Park High School as they arrived at school by bus and by car.

Early assessments included an odor, in addition to the water.  For those reasons, we evacuated all staff and faculty from that portion of the school.  It was later determined that a part associated with a water holding tank failed, which caused the water to dump.   Outside, professional cleanup crews have arrived at the scene to begin the clean up process.

The school will remain all closed all day Wednesday.  We will make a determination later today as to whether closure will be necessitated for Thursday."
- Rusty Lowe, Executive Officer, Hoover Fire Department
- Jason Gaston, Hoover City Schools


Students at Hoover's Berry Middle School had an extremely short school day. They were told school was canceled as they arrived on campus.

A part on a water holding tank failed; several gallons of water were dumped into the Fine Arts section of the school. The concern was over whether there is a chemical in the water. That has not yet been determined.

The students were rerouted to Spain Park High school and then dismissed for the day. A spokesman for Hoover City Schools says students are expected to be back in classes tomorrow.



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