Moose Lake School Welcomes Back Students After Flooding
Posted at: 09/04/2012 5:05 PM
| Updated at: 09/04/2012 11:25 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
Moose Lake Schools opened for students on the first day of classes after being flooded this summer. Superintendent Bob Indihar said walls and floors were damaged by water, but everything was fixed by the September 4 deadline.
“I could tell you in June, I didn't know whether we would be back in time,” Indihar said. “With a lot of hard work and a lot of people in this building, we got it put together in time.”
While the school is open, the road to recovery was a tough one. It took weeks of construction and up to $1 million to pull it off. Teachers were also forced to start from the beginning when prepping their classrooms.
“One night, I spent 12 to 14 hours here to organize it,” First Grade Teacher Joanne Unzen said. “I like to have it nice for the kids.”
The school library is the only room not ready for students. Indihar said it should open within the next several weeks.
School officials are still waiting to learn if FEMA will help foot the bill. If they do, the state will chip in 25 percent of the cost as part of the flood relief bill passed at the special session down in Saint Paul.