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Cleanup underway after flooding at Kingston Elem. School

(WBIR - Kingston) Cleanup is underway after flooding closed an East Tennessee elementary school on Thursday.

School officials were notifed late Wednesday that after heavy rains, there was at least an inch of water inside parts of the Kingston Elementary School. 

Principal Sheila Sitzlar was at the school Thursday, supervising the efforts to get the school cleaned up and assessing the damage, along with many members of the school's staff. They set up fans to dry out the building and were mopping floors and rolling up carpet.

Luckily, the damage wasn't as bad as first thought.

Most of the electronics were spared but all the carpets have to be dried and disinfected.     

"I know of one computer that we may have lost and a couple boxes of paper. Other than that, I think everything else is going to be salvaged," said Sitzlar

Sitzlar said there was about 2 inches of water at the front entrance of the school, and the playground was under water. There was more than an inch of water in at least ten classrooms, most in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms.

A decision will be made later today on whether students will return to class on Friday.

All other Roane County schools were open on Thursday.




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