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West Navarre Primary returns to school

Students at West Navarre Primary School were back in their classrooms Monday. Most Santa Rosa students went back to school Friday. But at West Navarre, 85 percent of the building had damage from the floodwaters last week. Cleaning crews worked day and night to get the school ready.

Laura Hussey "With all these bare floors, the acoustics are pretty good here in the music room at West Navarre Primary School. Only problem is you can't hear the music over the sound of the blower!"

Music class went on in a hallway, one of the few that still has carpet.    The storm left one to two inches of water in most of the halls and classrooms. Principal Sandi Eubanks says with more than a foot of water outside, she feared it would be worse.

Mrs. Eubanks "1-2 inches of water, however, is enough to require that we completely pull all the carpet, and dry and clean and sanitize"

Teachers are improvising places for kids to sit on concrete floors. Some students shared their classrooms.

Hayden Durham/2nd grade "This class, Mrs. Warwicks's class had to come into our classroom, so it's really loud in there"

There's no dollar estimate yet on bringing things back to normal. Like everyone who's been affected, they're taking it one step at a time.

Mrs. Eubanks "The kids are here, parents were here this morning helping us get rooms back in order.....we're going to teach these children"

Laura Hussey "The cleaned-up interior may not tell the whole story. To get a picture of how bad things were in there, just look at this pile of debris. There's furniture, rugs, some of which the teachers bought with their own money for the classrooms....and electronics, just look at all these ruined power strips. This was a big mess.