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Bay District Schools Avoid Any Flood Threat

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The wet and dreary weather put a damper on some Bay District School campuses. Mowat Middle School and Rutherford High School both had trouble with minor flooding early Monday morning, but no classrooms were actually in danger of flooding.

Mowat Middle School has a small "pond" near the front office. Principal Ed Sheffield says the drains couldn't keep up with the amount of water coming down. Water near the office was actually over the sidewalks as kids were arriving for school.

"Just as soon as the drains got cleared, the water all just went away," said Sheffield.

The district's maintenance staff were able to respond quickly and clean most of the drains.

Rutherford High School also had some minor flooding. There was water nearly ankle deep in a few of the outdoor hallways

"We did have some standing water in some of the outdoor hallways, but at this time, there's been no major issues," said Principal Coy Pilson.

Even with the large amount of rain on Monday, sometimes protecting the classrooms is actually the smaller issue.

"Some of the kids like going out into the rain. We have to tell them to come out," said Sheffield.

Both schools take extra precautions to keep students dry on these rainy school days.

Pilson said he was planning to close his high school for lunch and ask juniors and seniors to eat in the cafeteria, instead of leaving for lunch.

Sheffield said administrators at Mowat will hold students in one class if the weather is too bad for them to move on to their next class. He also suggests sending a rain coat or even rubber boots with your child on rainy days.