Port Washington school flooded on first day of school

The first day of school at St. John XXIII Catholic School in Port Washington is one students and teachers will likely remember. Principal Kristi Klein said their brand new floor was covered in water. 

“The cafeteria as you can see is completely flooded for the second time and our so our students will just have lunch in the classrooms with their classmates and their teachers which they love or they’ll go outside and have a picnic. You just have to be flexible,” said Kristi Klein, St. John XXIII Principal. 

Water also took over the band room, destroying some instruments. 

“It’s sad, it’s difficult. The people down here are working fighting a losing battle almost because as the water is being extracted it’s seeing in through the walls again,” said Klein. 

Rugs are drying out next door at the Food Pantry while volunteers are in cleanup mode.

“There was pretty much water everywhere,” said Chris Flint, Director of The Food Pantry Inc.

Tuesday is the day the pantry hands out supplies, but today they were forced to turn folks away. 

“We lost some clothes in the clothing room because shoes and things were on the floor. A lot of the kids' toys are gone because they were in boxes on the floor,” said Flint. 

They’re hopeful this is the last of the cleanup while keeping their eyes on the weather. 

“Pray for no rain,” said Klein. 

The Food Pantry said their biggest need following the flooding is paper bags. 

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