Northeast Dubois Co. School Corporation releases footage from Aug. 30 flooding

Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 10:08 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2021 at 6:59 PM CDT
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DUBOIS CO., Ind. (WFIE) - The intermediate school just released video from their security cam of last month’s flood.

In the video, you can see the moment the basement doors give way filling the reading room with feet of water in minutes.

Superintendent Bill Hochgesang estimated the lower part of the building had about 11 feet of water. The water pushed the doors open, kicked out portions of walls and knocked out power too.

Staff members said water spewed out of the doors into the parking lot carrying anything it could think of with it, including archery equipment, books, markers and other supplies.

The gym and basement sustained critical damage, and that portion of the building will remain closed.

“I predict it’ll be a few years before we’re back in using that part of our school,” Hochgesang said.

In the kitchen, the water lifted the freezer units off the floor, and set off the sprinklers.

As of Wednesday, the kitchen was still closed. Students’ lunches have been prepared at the elementary and high schools, and then bussed over to the intermediate school.

With cleanup efforts well underway, Hochgesang said they hope to begin using the multi-purpose room as their cafeteria again soon.

Extensive repairs will be needed, according to the superintendent, and those will likely take time to begin.

“This isn’t a small task we’re undertaking here,” he explained. “This is a really large-scale event that occurred.”

He said the school corporation has hired an architecture firm to help plan ways to repair the school so that it can withstand other weather issues.

On Tuesday night, school officials thanked their staff and community members who helped in the aftermath.

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