ROGERSVILLE, AL — After mold was discovered at the Joe Wheeler State Park
lodge late last November, officials closed 26 of the 75 rooms to remove the mold growing behind the wallpaper, according to the TimesDaily
Work done to remove the threat included revamping some exterior walls to prevent future moisture seepage, replacing damaged carpet, furniture and sheetrock and repainting the rooms, the story stated.
Joe Wheeler State Park Superintendent Tim Haney said: "[The mold expert] never said exactly what kind of mold it was, but he did prepare a set of guidelines for contractors to use in removing the mold from the rooms. Nobody told us to close the rooms, but we decided to go ahead and err on the side of caution and shut them down until the contractors could come in an remove the mold. We''ve been busy all winter working to get the park ready for the spring crowds."
In addition to addressing the mold issue, roofs on several Joe Wheeler State Park buildings were replaced to fix damage caused by a 2009 hailstorm, the story noted.
Though no guests at the lodge have complained about being sickened by staying in the rooms where mold was found, officials thought it a good idea to address the problem before any patrons or staff became ill, the story added.