Fort Polk video exposes poor conditions (VIDEO)

By By Frank DiCesare / American Press

A recent cellphone video shot in a Fort Polk bathroom has given viewers an inside look at some of the squalid living conditions

at the Leesville army post.

The 33-second video, shot by an unnamed

soldier at Fort Polk’s 1-509th Infantry barracks and uploaded to

Facebook’s “U.S.

Army W.T.F! moments” Web page on Thursday, shows dark brown water

coming from a shower nozzle and collecting in the tub below.

“This is disgusting,” the soldier says in the background. “Fort Polk, Louisiana, United States Army, and they give us this.”

The soldier then pans upward to reveal extensive mold damage on the ceiling.

“They give us this: mold everywhere,” he adds. “It’s disgusting.”

Kimberly Reischling, Fort Polk’s

command information officer and media relations chief, said two of the

base’s barracks had

brown water in their bathrooms. The discolored water, she said,

was caused by repairs made on Friday to a failing hot water

circulation pump. Both barracks have since had their water lines

flushed and cleaned and the failing hot water circulation

pump has been replaced.

“What we’re going to do is make sure soldiers are aware of the process to get things taken care of,” Reischling said. “The

director of public works is inspecting every barrack to make sure there are no problems in any of the rooms.”

Reischling said the DPW, which is

responsible for all of Fort Polk’s major maintenance work, received a

complaint about the

brown water on Thursday, the same day the video was posted on

Facebook. She added that DPW officials responded to the situation

“within hours.”

Reischling also said she was unaware of any mold complaints made by any soldier on the base. She said each soldier is given

a dehumidifier, which they are supposed to run continuously, to remove humidity in the barracks.

“Mold is not a new issue here, especially with the heat and humidity in the summer,” she said. “Where mold and mildew issues

are present, soldiers pick up a mold buster kit to clean it themselves, if it’s mild.”

If mold conditions are “beyond mild,” Reischling said, soldiers are required to call in a work order with the DPW to have

it removed. She added that DPW staff members perform inspections twice a year to check for mold in the barracks.

Many of Fort Polk’s barracks are

undergoing renovations. Sixteen barracks have already been renovated;

five are under renovation,

and five more will be worked on between 2014 and 2015, Reischling

said.

Video credit : US Army W.T.F! moments