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Canfield schools get soaked, but weather the storm

June 5, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

All four school buildings in the Canfield Local School District were affected by the heavy rain storms on May 28. The middle school was hit the hardest, but it was the rest of the community that eventually had the schools closing.

According to Superintendent Alex Geordan, there was roughly three feet of water trying to get into the sixth grade section on the southwest corner of the school. It did manage to seep in and soak the floors. Some technology got wet, but until everything had a chance to dry out, no one knew if there was any damage there.

At Hilltop Elementary, water got in the rear door of the lower cafetorium section and damaged some flooring.

At the high school, Geordan said the weight room received water as did the media center (library) floor.

"We did not lose any technology or books," Geordan said. "We just had to clean up and replace some tiles."

C.H. Campbell came out with hardly any water damage, except for some rain that got through one of the windows.

In the transportation garage area, no buses were affected by flood waters, but one of the school's vans was sitting in water up to its doors, so it is being assessed as to whether it can be saved or will need to be replaced.

"We had pockets of issues in each building," Geordan said. "Then our fire chief called and requested a bus at Indian Run. They were evacuating residents by boat and needed the bus to transport them to the shelter set up at the Presbyterian Church on West Main Street. When you are hearing about parents and families in distress, we said we needed to take education off for the day."

That evening and the following day after the storms, the janitorial crew went to work to remove water, clean and disinfect the buildings. School was held the next day.

Over the weekend, Geordan said some of the soaked carpet was replaced and another cleaning took place. Even though the work was done in-house, Geordan said he is bringing in ServoPro to do a second total cleaning to ensure the safety of the children.

In the city, City Manager Wade Calhoun said the flooded areas were assessed by the Emergency Management officials and has been turned in to see if residents can qualify for low interest loans for repairs.

"The Flash Flood event from 5/28/19 affected numerous resident's citywide," Calhoun said. "The City in cooperation with the Mahoning County Emergency Management Agency conducted Storm Assessment preliminary analysis on Wednesday-Friday (5/29 - 5/31) immediately after the storm."

In the township, Administrator Keith Rogers said assessments were done as well and damage reports are still being accepted.

"Yes, if there are any Township Residents that had damage/flooding inside their homes let them know they can contact the township office (330-533-4239)," Rogers said.



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