After being forced to keep schools out of session Monday due to high water and blocked roadways, Johnson County Schools Superintendent Thom Cochran said certain facilities were kept open and operational Monday as a place for students who could attend to have access to power, heat and food.

Cochran said none of the county’s school buildings were directly impacted by high water, though the county bus garage did experience some issues with hillside runoff.

“The impact has been we’re unable to get our kids in school,” Cochran said. “We did open up schools for anybody that could get to them, who needed electricity to do their NTI work. We fed our kids at four of our schools; at Flat Gap, Porter, Central Elementary and (Johnson Central High School). We thought most people could get to the high school, except we were worried about Van Lear, so we fed students at Porter, too.”

Though the school buildings are all in the clear, the ball fields and the farm area on the Johnson Central High School and Johnson County Middle School campus, which are nearer to the riverbank, were underwater. The extent of any damage to those areas is not yet known, Cochran said, but as conditions improve, staff will be inspecting those areas to determine what actions need to be taken.

“”We’ll just have to assess it once it dries up enough,” Cochran said. “This is the second time this year that (the farm) has been underwater.”

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