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Central City Schools deal with flooding

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CENTRAL CITY (KWWL) - The clean-up at the Central City School will continue for at least a couple of days after flood waters seeped into the older part of the school which holds elementary classes.  School's cancelled until everything's dry and safe for students, faculty, and staff.  The second day of school in Central City became moving day for students like Brad Phillips.  The junior was in between classes when he noticed flood waters coming in the building.

"We left class. We were walking down the hallway. We looked and there's water coming in all the doors like the whole cafeteria was starting to flood. Then, it's like, 'holy smoke,' we started walking more and the whole hallway of the elementary that was flooded," said Phillips.

Teachers and students helped move the younger kids to safety in the high school area.  That part of the building opened last year.

"Our kids were fantastic. Our high school students were helping sandbag the doors. Some were taking our elementary kids and moving them into the smaller classrooms and making sure they weren't afraid. We had a couple of tears in Kindergarten but our kids did a fantastic job," said Central City Superintendent Karl Kurt.

Squeaky shoes, dehumidifiers, and a few puddles on the floor are now reminders of the inch or two of water that seeped in from outside.  School officials say they'll work through the weekend to get the building ready for classes to resume.

"Probably the worst things are carpet, file cabinets. As a one-to-one laptop initiative school, our kids clung to those pretty tight," said Kurt.

School officials say they're still assessing the damage.  For now, school is closed Friday while a professional cleaning crew comes in from Chicago.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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