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Flooding hits Floyd Co. elementary school

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

MCDOWELL, Ky. (WYMT) - Flooding left faculty members at one Eastern Kentucky school with a big mess to clean up.

The quick rains left McDowell Elementary School in Floyd County drenched.

Officials say it could be several days before it is all cleaned up.

It only took a few minutes.

"We just had a lot of bad weather, lot of water coming in quick," said Principal Rady Martin.

Before they knew it water was flooding into the school.

"The ground was already saturated and when it broke over the bank it just didn't take long at all to flood the campus," said Martin.

Faculty members say nearly eight inches of water took over one of the buildings surprising everyone who saw it.

"I was on duty when the rain began. Just kind of came out of the blue. Didn't expect anything like this. Nobody was prepared for it. My wife is a 5th grade teacher here. They didn't get a chance to put any of their books up or anything," said Thomas Gearheart.

School officials say once the water started going down it left them with a thick coating of mud outside in the parking lot and inside in the classrooms.

"This is my second week here. My first week went pretty good! My second week though has got off to a little bit of a rough start," said Martin.

Now they say they are prepared for what comes next.

"We get a lot of support from the community and the board, and we get help with it. Cleanup usually goes pretty fast. It's just rolling our sleeves up and getting to work," said Martin.

Getting to work to clean up Mother Nature's mess.

The principal says he expects cleanup to take at least two days.

They will be starting early Tuesday morning.

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