Weather Updates

Leaky roof leaves damaged computers at Waukegan school’s Lincoln Center

Updated: March 23, 2014 3:30AM

Weather-related woes for Lake County structures and roadways continued last week when rain seeping into the Waukegan Public School district’s Lincoln Center caused an estimated $40,000 to $50,000 in damage to computer equipment.

The damage occurred on or around the night of Jan. 10, when a storm that dumped nearly an inch of rain on Waukegan rolled in following a week that featured below-zero temperatures in the double-digit range.

District spokesman Nicholas Alajakis said the water-damaged equipment was stored in a room on the first floor of the two-story building at 1201 N. Sheridan Road, a former school that now houses District 60’s administrative offices.

“Essentially, we had water leak through part of the roof, and it came down pretty hard into a second-floor area right above the computer room and seeped down through the walls,” said Alajakis, adding that the Lincoln Center equipment provides computer service to facilities throughout the district.

Oddly enough, the district had moved computer equipment out of a basement area two years ago to protect it from sporadic flooding.

In the Jan. 10 incident, three of five servers suffered damage bad enough to need replacement. A number of switches also took on water, and some had to be replaced while others worked after being dried out. Funds to cover the damage are expected to be recouped through insurance.

According to Alajakis, there was some disruption in computer service within the district following the incident, but it was restored the following week.

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