UPDATE: Flood waters shut down Holt Jr. High for first two days of school

Workers put desks in hallways as classrooms dry out

UPDATE: Holt Jr. High School will be closed Wednesday, September 9. For more information click: Holt Public Schools.

HOLT, MI (WLNS) – Close to 1,000 Holt students got an extra day of summer vacation after heavy rainfall flooded sections of Holt Junior High School Monday afternoon.

The floods soaked at least five classrooms, several hallways and the auditorium, causing the district to close Jr. High for the first day of school Tuesday.

A thick, musty smell and mountains of desks filled up the hallways of the Jr. high school Tuesday morning where students were nowhere to be found for the first day of school.

“It’s really those main five or six classrooms that we’re most concerned about, we have dryers in place. We’ve extracted all of the water,” said David Hornak, superintendent, Holt Public Schools.

Hornak says contractors were brought in and fans to dry the school out. While the carpets are simply damp, the superintendent says he’s concerned about long term health hazards. He says the moisture is a problem because the majority of the building is carpeted.

“Anytime you have water in carpet you have potential hazards that eventually, you know, we wanna avoid mold, we wanna make sure it dries out really well.”

Many of the classrooms with wet carpet have been emptied so they can dry out, but the superintendent says they are still not sure if they’ll be able to welcome students back on Wednesday.

“I think moving forward we are on track. However I’m just cautiously optimistic and we’ll make that decision later on,” said Hornak.

Holt Public Schools is expected to decide before 9 p.m. Tuesday whether there will be school on Wednesday.

6 News will provide an update as soon as it is released.

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