Schools hit in ND flood; where to put 1,000 kids?

Associated Press

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — More than 1,000 schoolchildren in Minot, N.D., need new places to attend classes this fall because of last week's flood.

Two elementary schools were severely damaged when the Souris River overflowed its banks, swamping 4,100 homes and hundreds of businesses. A middle school was submerged to the roofline.

Superintendent Mark Vollmer says none of the three will be available during the upcoming school year, even though the extent of the damage won't be known until the waters recede.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple is setting up a task force to help with planning. Vollmer says among the options are moving the displaced children to existing buildings or setting up portable classrooms.

He says the damage is devastating but the community will rebuild.