Flood cleanup continues as school start date nears

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

It's a race against the clock to make sure the doors are open for one Eastern Kentucky school!

Faculty and staff at Middlesboro Intermediate School are still cleaning up from the flooding that hit the area in June.

"We had nearly two feet of water in the building," said Steve Martin, Middlesboro Intermediate Principal.

It is a cleanup job that was not easy and took a specialized crew.

"It's been an enormous undertaking to get the building back into the condition it's in today," said Martin.

Almost everything the water touched at the school had to go. New carpet is still going down in the library, and things are a bit scattered.

Now just days before the start of school teachers are coming in to make sure their classrooms are complete.

Cleaning crews saved all they could and put it into boxes.

"They labeled each one. They told exactly where it was in the room," said Jenny McCune Turner, a fifth grade teacher.

She said most teachers lost about half of the items in their classrooms.

Most staff members said they would be working through the weekend.

"Our school's in great shape now, in good condition," said Martin.

They are excited about getting things back to the way they are supposed to be.

School officials said damage to the facility could top one million dollars. The first day of school is August 4th.

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