VIDEO: Water rushes into Dubois school causing extensive damage

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DUBOIS CO., Ind (WEHT) Newly released video of the massive flooding at Northeast Intermediate School makes it look a hurricane came through.

The video released by the Northeast Dubois School Corporation is from surveillance cameras inside the school. The sped up video shows just how quickly water rushed into the building.

“It was a really large scale event that occurred. We just felt like it’d be good for people to see what truly happened and the extent of the damage,” superintendent Bill Hochgesang said.

On Aug. 30, flash flooding caused extensive damage to their cafeteria, multi-purpose room and other parts of one of the school’s wing.

“We’ll be able to salvage some of the tangibles, like the pots and pans. There’s a large freezer in there, that actually floated to the ceiling. There was so much water, it damaged the ceiling as well,” said Hochgesang.

Hochgesang said they’re working to reopen the cafeteria for students to at least eat out of.

“Now the kitchen on the other hand was completely destroyed. We will continue to cook the meals for these students in this intermediate school at another building and bring it down here,” Hochgesang said.

After consulting with an engineering firm, school officials say it will not be possible to make repairs for the current school year, or perhaps beyond. The gym will remain closed until further notice.

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