HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) While some western Kentucky school districts will be closed Thursday and Friday, Hopkins County Schools closed Wednesday because of flooded roads. Several state and county roads were covered by high water yesterday and today.
Instead of being on the road, picking up students across Hopkins County from school earlier today, those school buses were parked.
“Not often does this happen,” said Assistant Superintendent Amy Smith. She also says the district called off class as a safety precaution after some county and state roads started flooding yesterday afternoon. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials report parts of seven state roads, including Kentucky 502 south of Nebo, were covered, but still open, while several county roads closed, but later reopened.
“I was like, ‘Oh my Lord’, but they had to cancel it for safety,” said Misty Hunt of Madisonville.
Smith says while some roads weren’t closed before school let out Tuesday, they were expecting unsafe conditions for bus drivers since water levels were rising due to recent storms. Bus drivers do have back up routes in case they see a closed or covered road on their regular route.
“We do receive a list of roadway closings and then we look at, with our bus routes, do we have another entrance and way around that closing to get our students home safely,” says Smith.
Parents like Hunt say they needed back up plans for their kids after classes cancelled.
“Cleaning, playing games on the TV,” she said, describing some of the things her kids did while home from school.
Smith says they plan to resume classes Thursday, but will continue watching road conditions.
“We will monitor the weather conditions and monitor the roadways and if need be, we will be out early in the morning to do that,” says Smith.
(This story was originally published on February 5, 2020)