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Webbers Falls Public Schools nearly fully recovered from flood damage

Posted at 6:24 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 19:26:51-04

WEBBERS FALLS, Okla. — School is in session for many kids in the Tulsa area, but not for Webbers Falls Public Schools.

About a month ago you could see straight through the school and the classrooms after they ripped everything out that had flood damage.

Webbers falls public schools were forced to start over.

After gutting the entire building and saving what they could, donations from the community and surrounding schools helped them make it through.

Assistant Principal Jordan Garner says it's been tough, so they're grateful.

"A lot of hard work, we have been blessed tremendously with a lot of resources whether it be peoples time, energy, money, we have really been blessed tremendously, and people just showed up," Garner said.

Teachers began unloading furniture in early august, and some say It's tedious work.

"Currently I am going through each computer getting Clorox wipes, wiping everything down, disinfecting, there is still a lot of river water dried on the computer cords and keyboards and such," says Misty Ruckman, Webbers falls long time computer teacher.

For most teachers, this has been an emotional roller coaster.

Rose Olson, a 3rd-grade math and science teacher, has been here for 12 years, says, "It was hard, it was, and it's hard to talk about at times. We came in here, and it was just the floors were just slime, and everything was wet."

Olson says she hopes her students continue to see the school as a safe place.

No matter whats going on at home.

"It's hard to think of our kids that live here and lost everything. And um, We just lost what I have in this room because I don't live here. But the kids a lot of them lost everything, and that's what's hard."

School officials tell us they're still on track to begin school on September 3rd.

They're just happy they got it done in time.

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