About 40 children at a Plainview day care center were evacuated from the former Friday when a partial roof collapse caused water to cascade into the building.
Firefighters confirmed that none of the children were hurt in the incident, which left the west wing of the school flooded with several inches of water. Children were swiftly moved away from danger, first by teachers and later with the assistance of firefighters. when water suddenly began flowing in from the roof.
Plainview firefighters arrived first, rushing inside to remove the students and teachers. They were assisted by an aerial ladder truck from the Syosset Fire Department, which also was called to assist. (See our new photos of the incident, attached to this story.)
Power was cut to the building as water could be seen dripping from lighting fixtures. Firefighters poked holes in the interior roof to help drain the pooling water and determine its extent.
The cause of the partial collapse and flood is not entirely clear, but heavy downpours swept across Long Island Friday afternoon. Firefighters responded to the church property on Washington Avenue through heavy rain to get to the scene of the emergency.
Firefighters also said repair work was being done on the roof prior to the storm. The workers were on the roof during the morning, but left when the storm approached, firefighters said.
The school, once a Roman Catholic diocesan elementary school, is now used by the , which has access to the former school facilities, including the playground and large gym. It caters to children from six weeks up to five years old.