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Thirty one schools in Okaloosa County damaged by floods
OKALOOSA COUNTY -- In Okaloosa County, thirty-one schools had damage from the flood. In many cases it was minor. But at Edwins Elementary in Fort Walton Beach, they've got a big clean-up on their hands.
Laura Hussey "This is a classroom on the 5th grade ramp at Edwins Elementary School in Fort Walton Beach. The water in here was about ankle deep. About nine classrooms here will have to be completely gutted. Teachers have been packing up their stuff, bagging it up. People have come in from all over the district to help out. In total, about 13 rooms here were damaged. So today, the kids are in school, but they're doubling up. Some classrooms have two classes, they're even having some classes in the cafeteria."
Marline VanDyke/Principal "It's a team effort. We're all working together, pulling together. The kids have been wonderful, I haven't had any discipline. So they know we're having issues and they're helping us out too"
Laura Hussey "You would think pulling the carpet out of the classrooms would be enough. But they got an unpleasant surprise. Once the carpet was out, they realized that it had extended under the cabinets. So all of that particle board was seeping down water. Now they're having to rip out the cabinets and take them out of the classrooms as well."