Hamilton County school district works to fix sewage leak at Wallace Smith Elementary

Contributed photo / The fourth and fifth grade bathrooms at Wallace Smith Elementary School, seen here on Monday, are closed as Hamilton County Schools works to address a sewage leak.

Hamilton County Schools officials are addressing a sewage leak in the fourth and fifth grade bathrooms at Wallace Smith Elementary.

Officials said they have been working to fix the issue since last week.

"Our maintenance crews are working to resolve some type of drain line blockage at Wallace A. Smith Elementary," District spokesperson Steve Doremus said in an email. "I am told that one set of student restrooms and a teacher restroom in one part of the building are affected. Those in the affected area are making use of other restrooms in the building."

The Chattanooga Times Free Press also reached out to Board of Education member Gary Kuehn, R-Ooltewah, whose district includes the school. In a text message, he said he had not been aware of the issue but contacted Superintendent Justin Robertson immediately.

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Kuehn later followed up with an email.

"I contacted the superintendent and he contacted maintenance," Kuehn said at 11:15 a.m. Monday. "Maintenance is on their way at this time."

Doremus did not indicate when the district expects to have the problem resolved but said the work continues.

"Work crews are at the school again today after making multiple visits during the past week to address the issue," Doremus said. "We will continue our efforts until the problem is fixed."

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Contact Carmen Nesbitt at cnesbitt@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6327.