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UPDATE | School damaged by flood

Published: Mar. 1, 2021 at 8:42 AM EST
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UPDATE 3/1/21 @ 1:45 p.m.

HITCHENS, Ky. (WSAZ) - The Carter Christian Academy was damaged by floodwater after heavy rain from the weekend.

School leaders told WSAZ five to 10 inches of water got into the basement classrooms. Several inches of water also got into the locker rooms. The gym had been renovated two years ago, and it was not touched by water.

School employees watched water levels Sunday night. When they realized flooding was a possibility, they went into the school to keep the water out. Employees spent Sunday night into Monday morning inside the school.

Community members from Grayson, Hitchins and other areas of Carter County showed up to help. They brought water pumps and boats.

School leaders told WSAZ the school has flooded before. Once the water goes down, they will sanitize the basement and locker rooms. The water was still high, but began to slowly go down around 9:30 a.m. Monday.

ORIGINAL STORY 3/1/21

HITCHENS, Ky. (WSAZ) - Dispatchers say several people are being rescued from a school building in Hitchens, Kentucky.

High water from the weekend rain has gotten into Carter Christian Academy. People went to make sure the items in the building didn’t get damaged. Then the water came up and trapped them.

Emergency crews have been taking the people across the high water to safety. No one has been hurt. A dispatcher says the school has about three feet of water inside it right now. So the damage is severe. Rescue teams have been working to help for several hours Monday morning.

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