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Two Schools CR Continue Flood Repairs

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)--Several schools in Cedar Rapids are still dealing with the aftermath of heavy rains from last month.

Crews at Washington and Jefferson High Schools are now working to repair the damage before the first day of school.

School is out, which means now is the time to make any necessary repairs or upgrades.

"We're in the middle of renovation of our heating and cooling system which is requiring us to put in new dock work, new heating and cooling components, said Valerie Nyberg, Washington High School Associate Principal.

All that work is coming along slowly due to flood damage repairs.

"We had flooding, I believe that was June 30th, that Sunday night going in to Monday, we had one rush of water and Monday afternoon we had downpour we had some more damage, Nyberg said.

The flood waters at Washington High School damaged some pretty expensive and new equipment, including the room that holds the air conditioning motor, same with the boiler room.

"At Washington, we're probably looking at about a million and a half. Somewhere a million to a million and a half worth of damage, said Building and Grounds Manager for the Cedar Rapids Community Schools District, Rob Kleinsmith,

It's a similar story at Jefferson High School, where flood waters damaged part of their fine arts auditorium.

The cost estimate to fix that is about half a million dollars.

"We do have some insurance that will help us a little bit, but we are starting to get pricing together, he said.

Kleinsmith says they've had issues with flooding before but, nothing to this degree. And as far as, to the new equipment that we have here at Washington with that kind of flood damage, he said.

They do expect to have most of the damages fixed in time for school on August 26th, but whether those fixes will be temporary or full repairs is still unknown.
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