It seems like months since last Wednesday when I posted about the first day of school. Minutes after publishing that post, I lost power. Our power just came back on an hour ago. 5 days with no power! Wednesday night my area was hit by major flooding. My hometown was completely under water. The elementary school was almost completely submerged. The teachers lost everything. Water was waist deep in the highschool. The school won't reopen until at least next Thursday. Most of the pople who live in the town lost everything. Many people are now homeless. It is extremely devestating.
Here is a shot further into town. The water had gone down quite a bit in this picture so it was actually worse than this which is hard to believe. I circled the elementary school in red, high school/middle school in blue and the football field in green:
Store parking lots in the town that I work in:
There are a ton of videos of the damage on YouTube...look up Owego September 2011 flood. My district was lucky and our buildings were not damaged at all. We are going back to school tomorrow. Many of our students and teachers have lost their homes. It is going to be a very long recovery. I will include information on how you can help if you would like to in my next post.