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Director Reports on Flood Damages At Schools

August 2, 2017
BY LAUREN MATTHEWS - Editor (lmatthews@wetzelchronicle.com) , Wetzel Chronicle

Wetzel County Schools Director of Facilities, Maintenance, and Transportation, Brian Jones, said two of the county's facilities had flood waters in them this past weekend.

Jones said water was in Long Drain School and affected the wooden floor in the school's gymnasium. Jones said the school has contacted its vendors, which will respond this week.

Valley High School also had water in it. Jones said water was in the Vo-Ag and shop buildings. He said this situation has been responded to, "and we will be up and running." Jones said the meat lab was affected but is not a loss.

Jones said Long Drain School's playground also received damages. He said the foot bridge, that separates the school from the playground, was damaged, and the "state road is hopefully going to inspect that."

Hundred High School's athletic complex was also damaged. Jones said the damages from the prior weekend's flood had not been responded to yet and now new damages have occurred. He said Clay-Battelle has given HHS permission to use its football facilities for practice.

Yet, "When you see the devastation in the area, in the communities... our devastation is minimal," Jones said.

"Our damages are kind of disappointing, but I'm being petty when I look at the damages that other people suffered," Jones said.

Jones said every county office employee was in the Hundred area yesterday, assessing damages, assisting HHS with flood relief to the community, and helping the community when they show up.

"It's such a blessing that the community has pulled together," Jones said, noting the overwhelming rapid local response.

 
 
 

 

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