Students Return to Class After Flood Forces Evacuations

By Megan Trent

March 2, 2011 Updated Mar 2, 2011 at 8:25 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Students in Jay County are back in school just two days after floods forced administrators to evacuate more than 800 students from two Portland schools.

It's been a busy week for students as they return for I-STEP testing Wednesday.

Jay County Superintendent Timothy Long says on Monday the threat of floods prompted him to call a delay, which in Jay County is three hours.

Students arrived just before lunch, but by 1:30 it was clear the sand bags in place wouldn't hold the fast rising waters.

At East Jay Middle School, 550 students were evacuated to Jay County High School's auxiliary gym. At East Elementary down the road, 270 students were evacuated to the high school's main gym.

The middle school did not suffer any permanent damage, but the elementary had nearly four inches of water in their gym. That has since been cleaned up, but officials are still assessing damage to electrical equipment. Some supplies also had to be discarded.

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