Flooding presents new challenges to schools this year
OMAHA - Iowa and Nebraska school officials in areas hard hit by flooding earlier this year expect that as school starts they'll have to deal with displaced students — some still traumatized by their ordeals.
In the southwestern Iowa's Hamburg, school superintendent Mike Wells told the Omaha World-Herald that he expects about 20% fewer students when classes begin later this month. He says the community lost about 200 homes in the flooding, and there's nowhere for families to come back to.
Across the Missouri River in Nebraska, Fremont superintendent Mark Shepard worries about the trauma. He says the first rainstorm after the flooding caused some elementary students to weep, worried that more flooding was imminent.