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Flood Proof Flooring: How Terrazzo Weathers a Hurricane Hurricane Ike Reaches Far Inland to Destroy a School

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Hurricane Ike Reaches Far Inland to Destroy a Schoo

When Hurricane Ike-driven rain filled the Illinois River to overflowing in 2008, the nearby Central Intermediate School in Ottawa, IL, was inundated. The deluge devastated the one-story, 90,000-ft2 structure, built in 1947. Destroyed were the boilers, insulation, wiring, equipment, furniture and doors. Floors were covered with a mere half inch of water, but as the dampness receded, the original asbestos tiles throughout the building detached from the floor.Worse damage had been averted by volunteers with sandbags and pumps, saving the wooden gym floor. Emerging perfectly intact also were the original terrazzo floors in the corridors. Yet in the final count, it was more expensive to repair damages to the structure than to abandon it and rebuild.
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