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Flooding Closes Elementary School Monday

STAR CITY, Ark.-- Flooding forced one Arkansas school to close Monday. 

In Star City, more than 700 elementary school kids stayed home Monday. 

We got a look at the damage at Jimmy Brown Elementary School. 

The district told us water damaged nearly 30 rooms this weekend. 

Fan and machines echoed in the hallways at Jimmy Brown Elementary School instead of the normal laughter. 

Dorothy White's granddaughter is in 1st grade at JBE. 

White said, "Yes ma'am. I think they need to go to school."

Her granddaughter shook her head no. 

We met them along with other kids playing at the park Monday evening. 

"I'm like oh my God another day home. They're never school. That's my thought process. So hey (that's) another day for her," she said while laughing. 

Heavy rain Friday flooded the school by Saturday. 

Tenecia Mills has a son in 1st grade at the school. 

Mills said, "He got a father and son day basically."

She said her kid went to work with his dad who owns a lawn company. 

"I was surprised that the rain was so heavy. There were a lot of roads washed out. Cars were underwater."

The district told us water damaged more than 2 dozen rooms inside the building. 

Many of the classrooms carpets dried out and were treated to prevent mold. 

About 10 classrooms had to have the carpet removed. 

Teachers and staff worked all day Monday to make sure students can come back Tuesday. 

The district used an AMI day so the kids had some work to do before playing outside. 

We've learned the district has canceled some bus routes Tuesday because of flooding around the county. 


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