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Published August 27, 2010, 06:08 PM

School Needs Supplies After Valley Middle School Flooding

School supplies, such as binders and paper are some of the biggest losses at Valley Middle School.

By: Brady Mallory , WDAZ

School supplies, such as binders and paper are some of the biggest losses at Valley Middle School.

However, the principal said most of the textbooks and other instructional materials were safe after the lower north east level flooded yesterday.

Principal Kevin Ohnstad said the books were stored high enough to avoid the 16 inches of water that flooded hallways and classrooms after a 6-inch water pipe burst just outside of the school.

School resumed today after it was cancelled yesterday.

Due to flood water and mud, officials have moved all classes out of the lower level and have combined them with other classes, or moved them to the library, small gymnasiums and other unused labs.

According to Ohnstad, there was enough space to move everyone comfortably until the lower level is ready to go.

"There's going to have to be carpet replaced, going to have to be cabinets replaced, filing cabinets..all of the structural things are going to have to be replaced," said Ohnstad.

Valley Middle School are still waiting for final damage estimates. Right now they are taking school supply donations to replace what was lost.

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