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Café Lab experiences minor flood due to rain and hailstorm

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A worker with the University of Chicago Facilities Management department walks through rainwater pooled outside of the cafeteria on the afternoon of May 7. The rain accumulated about three inches in the sunken area below Blaine Courtyard. Students got soaked trekking through the treacherous conditions to and from the gymnasium building.

Water poured into the central part of Café Lab after the storm drains overflowed due to a heavy rainstorm with hail that began around 2 p.m. on May 7, but by 2:40 p.m., a clean-up crew began to soak up and drain the water. 

Director of Operations Joseph Wachowski said these types of floods often happen with heavy rainfall. 

“It was deluge rain, and it came down really quick and the storm drains couldn’t keep up with it. This has actually happened before, and it’s not as bad as we’ve had about seven years ago when it was like three feet up on the glass,” Mr. Wachowski said. “It’s about five inches up, but the drains are now able to take in all the storm water so it’s going to take a little bit but they’ll get it cleaned up tonight.”

The extended day program, which is typically located in the cafeteria, was moved to the Blaine theater. The students were not in the cafeteria at the time of the flood. 

When students and staff return to school Wednesday, Mr. Wachowski said the water will be cleared.

Mr. Wachowski said preventing future floods would require renovations, which will likely not happen.

“It would have to be a renovation to where they would have to re-do all the storm water infrastructure under the school, and that’s not going to happen,” Mr. Wachowski said. “We’ve had worse than this, and it hasn’t been this bad since the renovations back in 2016.” 

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Chloe Alexander
Chloe Alexander, Arts Editor
Chloë Alexander is a member of the Class of 2025 and serves as the arts editor. She joined the journalism family in the 2021-22 school year as a ninth grader and previously served as an assistant editor. Chloë enjoys journalism because it allows her to create a space for Lab students to be represented through writing. Her favorite story that she has written is “‘SOS’ showcases a wide range of styles and themes.” Outside of working on the Midway, she is a Maroon Key, plays the piano and enjoys reading. Awards: 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, Boston convention: Honorable mention, feature writing 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, San Francisco convention: Honorable mention, news editing, headline and current events 2023 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, special coverage: (with Clare O’Connor, Amy Ren and William Tan), superior 2022 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: Briefs writing, first place (with Louis Auxenfans, Joaquin Figueroa, Chloe Ma, Amy Ren, Katie Sasamoto-Kurisu), Vol. 98, Issue 8 (March 10, 2022), Page 3
Mia Lipson
Mia Lipson, News Editor
Mia Lipson is a member of the Class of 2025 and serves as news editor. She began journalism in the 2021-22 school year as a ninth grader and previously served as an assistant editor. Her favorite story she has written is a profile on retiring P.E. teacher Terri Greene. Outside of journalism, she enjoys running, writing and reading any history book she can find. Awards: 2024 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, staff editorial: superior 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, San Francisco convention: Superior, editorial writing
Alex Diamond
Alex Diamond, Photographer
Alex Diamond is a photojournalist and a member of the Class of 2026. His favorite part of photojournalism is taking photos. Outside of photojournalism, Alex enjoys hanging out with friends and learning new things. Awards: 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, Boston convention: Honorable mention, feature photo

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