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Milwaukee-Area Schools Race to Clean Up Storm Damage


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - School starts in less than a month – and dozens of Milwaukee area schools are scrambling the clean up the damage from the recent floods.

Glendale Nicolet High School had up to $5 million in damage, and not all of it was covered by insurance. Milwaukee Riverside High School had $4.6 million in damage, wiping out years of work by teachers. It was one of 42 buildings in the Milwaukee Public Schools that incurred over $6 million in damages. Whitefish Bay schools had up to $2 million in losses, and the gym floor at the Shorewood Intermediate School had to be removed.

At Glendale Nicolet, Superintendent Rick Monroe said the air handling system, boilers, and basic classroom equipment were among the items ruined when flood waters covered 80 percent of the floors. About 200 restoration workers are getting things back in order. Student registrations at Nicolet were supposed to take place August 17th, but they’ve been delayed by a week.

But the start of classes is still set for September 1st. Monroe hopes the region will be declared a federal disaster area, so the school can get repair funding. In the meantime, he says donations are being sought.