25 schools reportedly damaged by flood, storm

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25 schools reportedly damaged by flood, storm
By David Gutman and Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

At Herbert Hoover High School near Clendenin, 3 to 5 inches of mud still coated the entire first floor Monday, an unwelcome gift left by 6 feet of flood water that swamped the school and may prevent it from starting classes on time next school year.

About 5 miles down the road, at Bridge Elementary School in Elkview, the flood filled the school with 3 feet of water, destroying classrooms, the kitchen and cafeteria and the computer lab.

And at Elkview Middle School, custodians worked Monday to suck up muddy water from the school’s floors, while piles of donated clothes sat in the parking lot, residents dropping them off and picking them up at their leisure. Next to the school’s baseball field is a trash pile 30 feet high, a frontloader and a backhoe working to haul away the remnants of ruined homes.

Clendenin Elementary School also suffered about as much damage as Bridge, Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring said.

Alan Engelbert — director of the Kanawha County Public Library system, which is separate from the school system — said his staff thinks the Clendenin library branch is a total loss. He said windows burst from the force of water that rose above the ceiling, and books and DVDs are now lodged up there.

“Most of the ceiling is gone,” Engelbert said. “The floor is a really nasty mixture of books and ceiling tile and 3, 4, 5 inches of mud, so it’s hard to imagine that there’s anything useful that’s left in there.”

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