Major flooding reported at several New Hanover schools, no word on opening

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School bus (Photo: WWAY)
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the process of damage assessments begin after Hurricane Florence, New Hanover County Schools will remain closed for all students and the majority of staff for the week of September 17.
Only staff specifically contacted by their supervisors to come in should report if and when it is safe to do so.

So far, preliminary damage assessments have been made at about 60% of the schools, while some schools are currently inaccessible due to damaged roads and fallen trees.

Assessments will be ongoing throughout today and tomorrow as roadways are cleared. Here is some preliminary information:

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  • Several schools experienced major flooding and other issues which are currently being assessed.The superintendent and senior leaders will decide later this week about when the schools can safely reopen for staff and students. Many employees and their families are still evacuated and have been unable to return to their homes at this time.

  • There are access issues with numerous schools due to minor flooding and debris.

School districts and other organizations from across the country have generously offered to assist by donating items that our students will need.

Coordination of these donations will be conducted through the school’s Central Office. More available on that should be available next week.