Cleanup begins at McDowell Elementary School

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

MCDOWELL, Ky (WYMT) - The cleanup continues tonight at McDowell Elementary School in Floyd County.

Monday, flood waters tore through the campus forcing officials to close the doors.

Jeff Stumbo is the chairman of the Floyd County Board of Education.

He said this is not the first time McDowell Elementary School has flooded.

"We have seen this happen before, probably every two years," said Stumbo.

But that has not stopped community members from dropping everything and pitching in to clean up the school.

Rady Martin is the principal at McDowell Elementary School and he said it feels good to know the community supports his school.

"We have tremendous community support here," said Martin.

Despite all the help, Principal Rady Martin said it is a shame something like this happened so close to the start of school.

"I am really disappointed for our teachers because they had worked so hard to get the building ready for the kids," said Martin.

Floyd County Superintendent Henry Webb said school board officials are working to fix this problem for good.

"We want to have facilities in our county where kids do not have to worry about flooding," said Webb.

That could be happening sooner rather than later.

"We will address having maybe a new facility for these kids within two years," said Stumbo.

But for now, kids will return to this elementary school and Webb said the school will be sanitized.

"Our parents and our community been through this a few times, so they understand that we do due diligence because we put our kids back in here, our most precious resource. And, of course the health department will approve everything before we put any kids back in here," said Webb.

School officials said they are thankful to everyone that has helped out.

All Floyd county schools except for McDowell Elementary will be open tomorrow.

The principal said they hope to have the school back open by Friday and if not, Monday at the very latest.

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