McWane Science Center remains closed due to flooding

McWane Science Center (Chris Pruitt/Wikimedia Commons)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The McWane Science Center in Birmingham will not reopen Monday as originally planned. It is temporarily closed because of flooding that happened on Friday.

According to Amy Templeton, the President and CEO of the museum, sprinklers went off overnight Thursday and no alarms were triggered.

Templeton said most of the damage is on the third floor, but there is also some damage on the second floor. She said none of the exhibits were harmed; the damage is mainly to the floors, carpeting and drywall.

Cleanup will continue until the staff are satisfied the cleanliness and safety levels are up to the standards for visitors.

“Mold, mildew can be one of the terrible byproducts of a flood, so we have experts in here checking behind every wall, checking our carpets, everything, to make sure that when we open, everything is healthy and clean for everyone,” Templeton said.

Templeton hopes the center can open by the end of this week. Until then, she said her staff is rescheduling any field trips that were planned for the next couple of days.

We will let you know when the center reopens.

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