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Tiny and secretive, termites might be in a home for years – Journal Inquirer

Posted: July 5, 2021 at 1:51 am

Last week I wrote about carpenter ants. This week its termites (whose worst predator is carpenter ants).

Termites have existed for more than 120 million years. Theyre social insects active in the summer. S

o, homeowners, keep a lookout now to avoid joining the crowd suffering an estimated $5 billion a year in property damage.

Unfortunately, its tough to know if termites are in your house. Theyre generally out of sight, and the damage from devouring cellulose in wood and wood products like cardboard and paper may be hidden for years.

There are few signs that our regions Eastern Subterranean termite are present. These include unexplained winged insects called swarmers, aka reproductives, seen inside buildings between February and June, said entomologist Gale Ridge, director of Connecticuts Insect Information Office at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Its very important to know termites dont fly at any other time of the year.

Other signs are the flat long opaque wings all the same size that the swarmers shed. Another sign is pencil-sized mud shelter tubes termites build to travel over non-wood and wood surfaces like concrete basement walls or beams, providing routes from the nest to food sources.

Termites are less than an inch long and have white, broad bodies with no waist with antennas with no elbows, resembling a string of pearls. Male and female workers are wingless, averaging 3/8-inch long. They maintain the colony, repair the nest, hunt and forage for food which is cellulose and feed future immature workers, soldiers, and the king and queen. Soldiers, also wingless, average -inch long and defend the nest. Both can live up to four years. Swarmers (future kings and queens) are about -inch long and have two pairs of wings. Following mating the male tears off the females wings, indicating theyre a couple. They establish a nest below the frost line in the ground and raise the first group of workers, which assume nest duties while the king and queen enjoy a life of leisure and egg production lasting up to 15 years.

Termites need humid, moist conditions to survive, because they lack a protein in their skin (exoskeleton) that would let them retain moisture and avoid desiccation.

They construct a network of tunnels and galleries sealed from the open air and maintain a high level of humidity, Ridge said. Termites are very elastic in their ability to survive. In some conditions workers can switch and become reproductives to establish a satellite colony in a building where theres a constant water leak.

How can they find it? Termites are social and opportunistic, Ridge said. Several colonies in one area will be interconnected, and theres a high-level of communication, like villages with interconnecting roads. With termites its tunnels and galleries. Hunting for food is random searching, she added. They zigzag underground, raising chances of discovering food such as a building.

Theyre also resourceful facing their worst enemy. If carpenter ants discovers a termite nest theyll can wipe it out, Ridge said. Thats why termites build shelter tubes not only for a high-humidity micro-habitat and food searches but also for protection.

The best targets for nesting are new residential construction, because, Ridge explained, Its where termite habitats and natural food supplies are destroyed, and they can feed on a new home.

Also, termites prefer light-colored, softer spring wood over dark, denser summer wood.

To eliminate termites: 1. Bait them with pieces of wood laced with an insect growth regulator, stopping them from molting, or 2. Place a chemical curtain around the home, like Termidor, Premise, or Altriset. Theyll transport it back to the nest and other nests. Termidor can kill a colony in 24 hours and promote cannibalism, Ridge said.

Beside destroying your house and cannibalism, whats not to like?

Reach out to Harlan and let him know your questions, issues, and concerns as a consumer; send him an email atharlan.levy@gmail.com

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Wet weather has Galveston termites swarming | Local News | The Daily News – Galveston County Daily News

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Rain is bringing out termites, an annual pest that plagues island homes and commercial properties, and this year even interrupted performances at The Grand 1894 Opera House.

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Francis Kr’s latest project brings a termite-inspired design to the Kenyan lowlands – Archinect

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A new polytechnic training campus has sprung up in Kenyas Great Rift Valley, standing out in the sprawling lowlands region thanks to three terracotta-colored ventilation towers that took their inspiration from termite colonies in the growing East African technology hub.

Located on the banks of Lake Turkana, the new Startup Lions campus will provide education and jobs training for young Kenyans, the largest demographic group driving population growth in the country expected to double in size by 2050.

Kr Architecture is responsible for the campus plan, which includes housing and workstation spaces for 200 students at the ICT facility. Outdoor classrooms shaded by a grove of pergolas and the profile of thee large cooling towers that will mitigate the Valleys extreme heat and harmful desert sand, making learning easier in a scheme aimed at collaboration.

The German-based firm has been very active in African development projects of late, furthering an educational mission that was first realized in the form of a primary school founder Francis Krs designed for his native village in Burkina Faso while still a student at the Technical University of Berlin. Kr is also working on plans for the Benin parliament building that will open in 2023 and incorporate a signature local source material, in this case palaver trees, similar to the BIT and Startup Lions projects.

From Francis Kr: We had imagined an educational facility that blended with the striking natural landscape that surrounds it, mirroring the ingenious structures built by the terminates close by. It is a special honour for me and my team to have been able to provide the shape for this incredible educational facility and I am looking forward to how it may expand and most importantly see its students succeed.

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After a buggy start, Cleveland retires after more than 20 years as Precinct 4’s JP – Abilene Reporter-News

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When he first became the justice of the peace forPrecinct 4 in Taylor County, Frank Cleveland, 72, found an aspect of his new job a bit more challenging than he had anticipated.

It wasnt the duties.

It was the termites.

And no, thats nometaphor about parasitic pests eating away at him. It's about actual, factual, wood-devouring bugs.

Cleveland, who is retiring,did all his own court clerk duties during his first 13 years in his JP position. His office was a used portable building without a courtroom.

He used a nearby community center for any court proceedings.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Chuck Statlerremembered thatCleveland, whohad been in office only a couple of weeks, called in 1999 to ask him to come to Lawn, where Cleveland had his office.

Statler wanted to know why.

He said, Well, I dont have a termite problem anymore,' Statler remembered.

Statlertold Cleveland that was good, assumingit was.

Yeah, the fire ants got em, the judge reportedly said in response.

I went down and looked at it and found out that the building the JP was working out of had just been pretty much infested and had to be destroyed, Statler said.

The judge's subsequentdigs still had few bugs in the system.

Those were located in a small part of the unheated, un-air-conditioned community library.

Cleveland stayed there for 13 months while a new building was constructed.

Now, the courts location on Main Streetis a major asset for our community and for Taylor County, hesaid.

And, Statler noted, its all metal.

Eat that, termites.

There are five JPs in the county, all with about the same duties, Cleveland said.

We do criminal work with anything thats a fine-able offense, he said. Drunk in public or disorderly conducts, small thefts. We do juvenile cases. We do civil lawsuits anything under $20,000 is filed in JP court. We do all the death investigations that are unattended.

Most people dont realize theres quite as much variety in the work, Cleveland said.

But it's pretty involved, he said. And I've enjoyed it.

Cleveland brought to the judge's office an extensivebackground in law enforcement.

He servedfor 25 years as an officer of the Abilene Police Department, assigned to vice, narcotics and the organized crime division.

For 10 years, he was commander of the West Central Texas Interlocal Crime Task Force, serving under the governor's office.

That entity covered 15 counties with a focus on illegal drugs and violent crimes.

In September 1997, he was presented with the Extraordinary Service Medal by the office of the Governors Criminal Justice Division for his service with the Texas Narcotics Control Program.

A bad heart attack prompted him to get out of law enforcement just about the time the previous Precinct 4 JP retired.

So I ran for this position and got it, Cleveland said.

It wascertainly different than drug labs and smugglers.

Working in narcotics was a challenge every day, though its not like it is on TV, he said.

"But it was a challenge every day, and so is this because every case is different," Cleveland said.

One of the earliest challenges in his job as JP, he said, was tamping down some of his police mindset,.

My theory was yeah, hes guilty or I wouldnt have arrested him, he said. But youve got to separate that mindset now because youre a neutral body, and youve got to give the defendant the benefit of the doubt until that evidence is proven to show the guilt.

From dangerous dog cases to more common fare, theres not nearly as much direct investigation.

I let (law enforcement) do the investigation and bring it to me now, Cleveland said.

But his career hashelped him "tremendously," he said, as far as the background needed to be a judge,especially when it comes to probable cause and other aspects of how things work on the streets.

It puts me in a better position to know, first of all, whether that officer, based on what they tell me, did have probable cause," he said.

Similarly, something as simple as having worked onpatrol helps him understand issues such as traffic violations and how radar works.

All thatknowledge provideshim withtools he can then translate directly into courtroom understanding, Cleveland said.

I think I'm probably, as a judge, more critical, he said. I don't mean in a bad way, but I can critique a law enforcement officers method of doing things because I know what he's supposed to do. The police have rules to play by. The criminals dont.

He joked that he would likely be a great juror for the defense in a trial because he know(s) what to watch for, if anything.

Fortunately, Cleveland said he only has run across two officers all throughout his work life who were problems."

They got removed real quickly, he said. We have a lot of great officers in this county, and it'sbeen a pleasure working with every one of them on every level that I've worked at. Theyre good people. We dont have a problem that a lot of the big cities have as far as relationships."

Looking forward to retirement, Cleveland said he plans to put in a lot of work at his 40-acre place, locatedabout seven miles from Lawn.

He also hopes to get some fishing in on the coast, along with a cruise and other travel.

Termite travails aside, Cleveland has been excellent at his job, Statler said.

I have a lot of respect for him, he said. His room during his retirement was filled with peace officers from just about every level.

And among his fellow JPs, Cleveland has the unofficial title of Chief Justice, Statler said.

That goes to the longest-serving JP, he said, a title Cleveland earned when former Precinct 1, Place 2 Judge A.L. Deatherage announced his retirement.

His tenure, and his accumulated understanding, has made him well liked, Statler said and arguably, earned him that distinction.

With his wisdom and experience, Frank deserves any accolades, whether tongue-in-cheek or respectful, because hes done the job and hes done it well, he said.

Brian Bethel covers city and county government and general news for the Abilene Reporter-News. If you appreciate locally driven news, you can support local journalistswith adigital subscription to ReporterNews.com.

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Around the House: Buy the right treated lumber for your next project – Daily Commercial

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Don Magruder| For the Daily Commercial

Summer is the time of year that many decks, porchesand docks are restored or built because it is time to enjoy barbecues and the great outdoors.A common mistake that manyconsumers and even builders make is they just order treated lumber without understanding there are many different types.Ordering the wrong treated lumber for an application can result in premature failures, which are costly due to the material and labor costs.

Here are a few things you should consider when buying treated lumber:

If you go to the store and ask for treated lumber be sure to know whether it is above ground contact or ground contact treated lumber.This is going to get a little confusing, but it is important information.

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Above ground contact treated lumber is used for exactly what itsays.If you are doing a project and you want it to be weather- and bug-resistant, you should use this item. However, the post and any other lumber that gets in contact or close contact to the ground or over any sitting water should use ground contact.Above ground contact treated lumber is to be used only in high and dry placesno sitting water areas.

The problem is that Florida is a hot, damp climate with continuous afternoon thunderstorms which can create ponding under porches and decks.If you have a situation in which above ground contact treated lumber is used above a damp, moist ground, you can have rot.

For that reason, some lumberyards in Florida will only stock ground contact lumber because moist, damp soil is everywhere.This is probably the reason why treated lumber prices may vary from store to store in Florida.In Florida, you should really use ground contact treated lumber.

For docks, it matters if the dock is in fresh water or salt water.There are different treating retention rates for each application and using the wrong product can result in premature failures or extra cost. Most professional dock builders understand what treated lumber to use in your application, but many times when a homeowner buys his or her own treated wood, there are mistakes.

There is also a big issue in using the right kind of fasteners for your treated wood projects.Most treated wood requires the use of a galvanized fastener and hanger due to the corrosive nature of the treatment in the wood.There are cases in which treated wood projects have failed because the fasteners literally rotted and rusted away.Take the time to understand the required fastening requirements for the treated wood you are purchasing so your project wont get wobbly and fail.

If you have termites in the home, summer is the worst time.The best advice is to use a borate treated wood which is available at many lumber yards.This wood is for interior use only, but the two advantages are that it will deter not only termites, but all bugs and it is not corrosive to fasteners.In most cases you can use a non-galvanized or stainless cheaper screw or nail.

When you have a treated wood done at your home, save some of the tags at the end of your lumber and your sales invoice, because most treated lumber companies have excellent extended warranties.Without the tags and invoice, it is hard to prove where the treated lumber originated from as many lumberyards buy their material from several different vendors.

Anytime I see a failed treated wood project, my first thought is they used the wrong treated wood.Yes, you should protect and maintain your treated wood to keep it looking good, but rot failures are normally one of two problemswrong treated wood application or a failure in the treating process.If you have kept your tags and receipt of a failed project that was a manufacturing error, there is good chance your will get compensated for the lumber.

Treated lumber providers have great websites but unfortunately, many in the mass retailing side do a poor job training personnel on treated lumber.Know how your treated lumber will be used and buy the products right for your job.

Don Magruder is the CEO of Ro-Mac Lumber & Supply, Inc., and he is also the host of the Around the House Show which can be seen at AroundtheHouse.TV.

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Swarming termites along the Coast – WXXV News 25

Posted: May 13, 2021 at 1:51 am

The large swarms of termites are back along South Mississippi and have residents bugging out.

Swarming season starts right before Mothers Day each year and this year is no different. This is the time of year when termites find new homes and start new colonies.

The type of termites that many are dealing with are known as Formosan termites. In the winter, the termites overpopulate and when May hits the termites colonize and so does population control.

Entomologist Bruno Milanese of Bay Pest Controls give News 25 more details on Formosan termites. These particular termites do not actually eat wood themselves, they are just reproductive, and they dont carry diseases and they dont bite but nobody really likes 100 termites landing on them in the evening time. They are attracted to light. So, if you turn off the lights on the exterior of the home, close the windows that will reduce it, that wont stop it. Majority of these will stay outside. They only fly for a short period of time. They lose their wings and then the male and females attempt to mate and then get back into to ground.

Milanese says you only need to be concerned about Formosan termites when there are hundreds inside of your home.

Janae Jordan is from Prichard,Alabama. Janae graduated from Troy University in 2020 with a Masters in Strategic Communications and in 2019 with a Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism . While at Troy University she was an anchor, producer and reporter for the on campus news station. Janae was also a social media ambassador for the universitys social media pages and blog page. Janae worked as an Associate Producer in Mobile, Alabama before joining our news team. Janae is excited to meet new people, explore the area, and tell impactful stories.

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Mayor – News – May 2021 – City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board to Conduct Adult Mosquito Abatement T – City of New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS The City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board (NOMTRCB) will conduct adult mosquito abatement tonight in the Upper 9thWard, Lower 9thWard, and Gentilly. In addition, areas bounded by St. Bernard Avenue, I-610, I-10, France Road, and Lakeshore Drive and bounded by Bullard Avenue, I-10, Crowder Boulevard, and Morrison Road. Treatments will be conducted by airplane or truck from 7:45 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., weather permitting. Routine surveillance has indicated an elevated number of mosquitoes in this area, triggering the treatments.

NOMTRCB urges residents of New Orleans to protect themselves from biting mosquitoes and West Nile virus by avoiding mosquito bites. These actions include limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, using EPA-approved insect repellents, reducing the number of mosquitoes around the home, and mosquito-proofing your home by maintaining screens on windows and doors. We are also urging people to empty water-filled containers around the home and yard to reduce potential mosquito breeding sites.

It is imperative for residents to remain vigilant in removing standing water by emptying containers. Water in containers that cannot be removed, such as bird baths, sugar kettles, pools, and ponds, should be changed weekly. At this time of the year, mosquitoes can develop from egg to adult within 7-10 days, highlighting the importance of checking your property for standing water on a weekly basis. Remove trash and clutter, including discarded tires, buckets, tarps and any other items that may collect water. Swimming pools and fountains should be operational and circulating. A mosquito can lay eggs and develop in a space as small as a bottle cap, so every container counts.

For additional information regarding West Nile virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website:http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/qa/prevention.htm.

Protecting Yourself

Protecting Your Home

Tires are easily filled with rainwater and collect leaves and litter that provides ideal breeding sites for mosquito larvae. Eliminating scrap tire dumps will eliminate a prolific mosquito habitat.

Report mosquito issues

Report mosquito issues to 311.

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Dear David,

Ive heard there are termites in some parts of the city. How do I find out where they are and protect myself? GNAWING FEAR

DEAR GNAWING: The mere mention of termites is enough to strike fear in the heart of any homeowner. These white, rice-sized insects turn wood into soil and reproduce at an alarming rate, which makes them pretty unwelcome house guests. The eastern subterranean termite is the most common termite species in southern Ontario. Naturally occurring colonies are rare but are thought to have made their way into cities on infected cargo, such as firewood.

Termites live in large colonies, but because they dig and move frequently, they tend to go unnoticed until they do damage. Outdoors, they are easy to spot on affected mulch, tree stumps, scrap wood or wooden retaining walls. Once indoors, they are harder to locate.

Because termites can enter a home through hairline cracks in the foundation, initial signs of termite damage typically show up in the basement. Termites build shelter tubes to insulate their environment and retain moisture. In an infected home, these tubes may appear as discoloured streaks on walls and trim, patches of stained wood, or areas where paint is crackedand bubbled. If the insects have been active, it may be possible to locate hollow spots by knocking on the walls.

Though uncommon locally, termites are known to exist in parts of Fergus, Elora, Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. Affected areas in the tri-cities tend to be hyper-local and limited to specific streets.

Municipal governments have varying degrees of transparency when it comes to termite information. The City of Guelph posts management maps and neighbourhood updates on the Guelph.ca website. The City of Kitchener offers general information onlineand asks residents to call the building department (519-741-2312) with any concerns. Information is extremely limited on city websites in Waterloo and Cambridge.

If you hear rumours of termite activity in your neighbourhood, I recommend having your property professionally inspected. If termites are found, youll need to have them removed by a professional termite control company, hopefully before they do structural damage. This is not a job to tackle on your own.

PRO TIP: An experienced Realtor can share information about locations that have been affected by termites. If you happen to be buying in one of those areas, I recommend having a termite inspector look at the property before you make a firm offer. For added protection, your offer can request an acknowledgement from the seller or listing agent to confirm the property does not have a termite issue. #AskDavid #Advice

David Schooley is partnering with 570 News host Mike Farwell and the Farwell4Hire campaign in support of cystic fibrosis research. Now through May 30, David will donate $1,000 to Farwell4Hire for every home his clients buy or sell. To reach David, call or text 519-577-1212.

David Schooleyis an award-winning real estate Broker with RE/MAX Twin City in Kitchener. Recently dubbed the Michael Jordan of Real Estate, his keen understanding of the nuanced local market is built on 30 years of entrepreneurial success in Waterloo Region. Fervently dedicated to client success and community support, his "Stuff the Hummer" family events have raised over 200,000 emergency meals (and counting) for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

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Rain and storms increase Wednesday – WDSU New Orleans

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Rain and storms increase Wednesday

Updated: 10:36 PM CDT May 10, 2021

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MARGARET: LOOK WHAT MARGARET JUST SENT ME. TERMITES. MAN, I HATE THOSE GUYS. THEY ARE JUST AWFUL ALL RIGHT. LET'S LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENING. WHAT WE HAVE IS A WEAK COLD FRONT THAT'S IN THE AREA. THROUGH YET. IT IS GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME MOVING THROUGH ON WEDNESDAY. BUT YOU'LL NOTICE WE HAVE GOT SO FOR TOMORROW, THERE IS A LOW RISK OF SEVERE, REALLY JUST PART OF OUR VIEWING AREA. THEN YOU GO INTO WEDNESDAY, EARLY THURSDAY, AND THE ENTIRE AREA HAS THAT LOW RISK FOR SEVERE. MAINLY DAMAGING WINDS. OFF AND ON RAIN THROUGH WEDNESDAY. LOW RISK SEVERE. THURSDAY. HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE 70'S. OH, BY THE WAY, SOME PATCHY MORNING FOG TOMORROW. SUNDAY. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TODAY. BASICALLY FOUR AREAS OF RAIN MOVED THROUGH THE SOUTH SHORE AND LOOK AT THESE RAINFALL TOTALS. REALLY CLOSE TO 10 INCHES. A FLOOD ADVISORY. IN EFFECT UNTIL 11:30, BUT IT REALLY LOOKS LIKE THAT RAIN IS DIMINISHING. A FEW LITTLE SPRINKLES HERE. DOWNED BY GRAND ISLE. LOOK TO THE NORTH. TOGETHER, THESE STORMS BUT THEY MAY AS YOU GO INTO THE MORNING HOURS. THIS EVENING, WIDELY SCATTERED ACTIVITY. HERE WE ARE, 6:00 IN THE MORNING. THIS IS THE RAIN THAT I'M SEEING TO OUR NORTHWEST. LOOK. IT MOVES IN AND IT IS LOOKING FAIRLY INTENSE AT TIMES. WIDELY SCATTERED ACTIVITY NOONTIME TOMORROW AND THEN WE'RE BEGINNING TO SEE MORE RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON AT 3:00. STRONGER STORMS UP HERE ON THE NORTH SHORE. MY BIGGER CONCERN IS WHAT'S HAPPENING INTO WEDNESDAY. SO HERE WE ARE LATE TUESDAY, RAIN INCREASING INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING. AND LOOK AT HOW YOU GOT A BIT OF A BOW THERE THAT IS INDICATING STRONG WINDS AND WE'RE GETTING SOME LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN. AND IT KEEPS MOVING OVER THE SAME AREA. THIS IS 7:30 WEDNESDAY. LOOK TO THE WEST, YOU SEE MORE RAIN MOVING IN AT 9:30. 1:30, WE STILL HAVE RAIN IN THE AREA. I HOPE THIS SITUATION DOES NOT VERIFY. HERE IS THE BIGGER PICTURE. WE HAVE THAT FRONT THAT IS STALLED. IT IS GOING TO ACT AS A FOCUS FOR RAIN. THRUSS. COOLER AIR MOVES IN AS YOU GO INTO YOUR WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. WE'LL HAVE SOME OFF AND ON CLOUDS FOR YOUR THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. HOW MUCH RAIN? COULD HAVE AN INCH AND A HALF TO THREE INCHES OF RAIN. HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY, LOW TO THE MID 80'S. WE GOT SOME SUNSHINE THIS AFTERNOON AFTER ALL OF A THAT STORMY WEATHER. ALMOST A OND NOW IS 72. -- HAMMOND NOW IS 72. SLIDELL IS 73, FEELING LIKE 73. HOUMA IS 77. FEELING LIKE 78 DEGREES. AND TEMPERATURES ABOUT THE AREA IN THE LOW TO MID 70'S. LET'S GO INTO THE MORNING. THIS IS HAMMOND. I WANT YOU TO NOTICE HOW THE RAIN CHANCES UP AROUND 8:00, 10:00, NOONTIME OR SO. COVINGTON IS THE SAME THING. AS YOU LOOK AT SLIDELL FROM 8:00, 10 UNTIL NOONTIME WITH TEMPERATURES CLIMBING INTO THE LOW 80'S, BUT ON THE SOUTH SHORE, BELLE CHASSE WITH A LOWER CHANGS OF RAIN. HERE IS YOUR FORECAST. SCATTERED ACTIVITY TOMORROW. TOMORROW NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY HIGH CHANCE OF RAIN. LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN AND THAT LOW RISK SEVERE, M

Rain and storms increase Wednesday

Updated: 10:36 PM CDT May 10, 2021

Morning lows will be in the upper 60s to low to mid 70s. Some widely scattered rain and storms possible overnight. Some patchy fog is possible. Highs Tuesday will be in the mid 80s. A cold front moves our way Wednesday with a higher rain chance and the potential for locally heavy rain. There is also a low risk severe. Expect gusty winds in storms along with the potential for hail. Cold front moves through Wednesday with highs Wednesday and Thursday in the 70s! Weather improves Thursday into the weekend with a gradual warming trend.

Morning lows will be in the upper 60s to low to mid 70s. Some widely scattered rain and storms possible overnight. Some patchy fog is possible. Highs Tuesday will be in the mid 80s. A cold front moves our way Wednesday with a higher rain chance and the potential for locally heavy rain. There is also a low risk severe. Expect gusty winds in storms along with the potential for hail. Cold front moves through Wednesday with highs Wednesday and Thursday in the 70s! Weather improves Thursday into the weekend with a gradual warming trend.

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Community demands answers as to why ceilings are leaking at the newly-renovated South Oak Cliff H.S. – WFAA.com

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The school reopened in January 2020 with $52 million top-to-bottom renovations. But now the community is asking for answers as to why the ceilings are leaking.

DALLAS As days of rain have soaked North Texas, the newly renovated South Oak Cliff High School is dealing with leaking ceilings and pipes.

In the school's reopening in January 2020, students marveled at the $52 million top-to-bottom renovations at the school. But now the community is asking for answers as to why the new campus has leaks and they want the issues fixed. Pictures and videos shared with WFAA showed leaking ceiling tiles inside the school this week, several of which were stained or missing. There were trash cans collecting water in some areas. Staff and students are having to relocate to different areas of the building.

"Weather has a way of revealing weak points, and thats what this rain is doing right now," said Rev. Horace Bradshaw, who is also president of the South Oak Cliff Alumni Bear Cave. "The same conditions that we had before the renovations are still going on."

These parts of the building are under warranty and the contractor will repair it, said district spokesperson Robyn Harris. The district is holding them accountable for deficiencies. The rain has caused delays but repairs are ongoing.

Harris said the district is removing an old condensing water pipe from an old cooling tower that was penetrating the roof. The district is building a cap to seal the roof penetration.

"The drain for the cooling tower clogged causing leaks in the cafeteria. We have unclogged the drain and repaired the affected area," Harris said. "We are also having the cooling tower and the condenser loop chemically treated so that no clogging can occur."

Dallas ISD says representatives have been proactively meeting with campus staff and the community about the issues.

When we pay for a job, we expect for it done right. Im going to stand with my community," said Board Member Maxie Johnson. "Im going to continue being a strong advocate for equity, and whatever the community decides to do, I will be standing with my community."

The school had maintenance issues three months after it was unveiled to the public. There was a leak that caused sewage to spill out on the campus.

The new campus's features included new classrooms, competition gyms, weight rooms, two courtyard additions, an amphitheater, learning stairs, a contemporary chandelier at the main entrance, a dance hall and a new cafeteria.

The previous campus also had issues. Students at the time shared videos on social media of rodents inside the school, termites, flooding, mold and drinking fountains covered with bags after water contamination concerns were revealed.

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