ARACOMA — All Logan County Schools are back in session and operating on regular schedules in the aftermath of a flash flood last week that left some students stranded at two schools and kept other schools closed.
Logan County Schools Superintendent Wilma Zigmond said schools are all back in session and students are in the classrooms again.
“I thought it would be a month before we got back in school and we are already back in school and fully functional,” Zigmond said. “I think maybe five kids had to walk two-tenths of a mile to get to a bus. But, other than that, the buses are running on the regular schedule.
“It’s a sad situation, but it could have been worse. We didn’t lose any lives.”
Several students were stranded in Verdunville Grade School and at Logan Middle School because the school board made the decision to hold the kids at the school until they could get them safely home during the flooding which hit on March 15 around 10:30 a.m. Four inches of rain poured down on several Logan County communities, including Mud Fork, Verdunville, Coal Branch and Mud Fork, causing severe flooding and widespread damage. More than 1,000 people were affected and nearly 300 homes and businesses were affected.
Zigmond and her husband, Kenny, took two Verdunville Grade School students home late in the evening last Thursday, after flooding had receded. Zigmond commended Logan County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Sonya Porter for taking the last Verdunville student home around 8:30 p.m. in her vehicle to make sure the student made it home safely.
“If we had let kids go home when it started raining and those children would have been home and their parents were at work, something disastrous could have happened,” Zigmond said. “We wouldn’t have just lost homes, we could have lost kids. Everything worked out. God was watching over us. I had a couple who were getting ready to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary tell me that they may have lost everything, but they had each other.”
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