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Hononegah makes progress of fixing building before school starts

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Hononegah High School after lights come back on. Hononegah High School after lights come back on.
Hononegah High School July 23, after power failed and basement flooded. Hononegah High School July 23, after power failed and basement flooded.
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There's progress at Hononegah High School after major water damage. Part of the building's been in the dark for almost a month. Thursday, the power came back on. But there is still no "all clear" to allow students and staff in.

 

Hononegah High School has looked like this for the last four weeks, today this. It's possible a failed pump valve is to blame. It sent a few feet of water into Hononegah's basement. That area is the power source for about half the school. But just because lights are on doesn't mean the building's safe yet.

 

"Does the fire alarms work properly, do the emergency doors close if there was a fire at this point? Those are controlled electronically," says Don Morrison, Regional Office of Education, special projects director.

 

Regional Office safety inspectors will make sure everything is safe before teachers report to work Monday. Students are supposed to return Wednesday.

 

"One of the questions we had, had to do with mold. At this point they have already had it checked and they are going to have it checked again," says Morrison.

 

Besides the caution tape and the "keep out" signs Hononegah has been trying to operate as normally as possible. Athletic practices have been going on and parents have been registering students.

 

The flood left dozens of parents and new students who want to check out the building waiting.

 

"We came here today because she got her schedule to walk around and to make it a little easier since they took away the freshman going the first day by themselves. But somebody is in there inspecting so we couldn't walk around," says Angela Lynch, mother of a new freshman.

 

"I was looking forward to walking around the school so I knew what I was going to be doing the first day," says Amber Lynch, freshman.

 

Inspectors tell us now that electricity is on there is no reason, so far, school cannot start on time. The district says computers are still affected and will probably be run off generators until after Labor Day.

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