The accidental flooding of Creekside Theatre could cost up to $100,000 to repair the damages, says the Lake Country cultural development coordinator.
Ryan Donn says nearly 10,000 gallons of water deluged the theatre seating area after the fire protection ceiling sprinkler system was accidentally activated during a George Elliot Secondary drama class.
Donn said the irony was not lost on him that after concerns in previous weeks about the adjacent Middle Vernon Creek flooding its banks behind the schools sandbag barrier, the flooding reality emanated from within the complex.
“It was an ironic turn of events to have survived the potential creek flooding and than this happened,” Donn noted.
He said the damage is still being assessed as to how the water damage costs will be divided up between the district and the Central Okanagan School District, as Creekside Theatre is located within George Elliot school.
As a result, the theatre closed 10 days earlier than the planned shutdown in July and August for regular maintenance requirements.
“The hope is we can get the theatre up and running again by the time school resumes in September,” Donn said.
“We’ll collaboratively sort out the best move forward on this with the school district.”