Flood damage at Brookville High School and Brookneal Elementary School caused by Aug. 2 flooding is being assessed today.

Campbell County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Johnson said water went underneath the doors at the back of the Brookville High School’s new gym and made its way down the hallway into the wrestling room, weight room, some storage areas and the old gym during the Aug. 2 flooding.

Staff worked until about 3 a.m. Aug. 3 to clear about 2 inches of surface water, Johnson said.

Flood damage at Brookneal Elementary School’s gym was discovered last Friday.

Damage will not impede school activities.

Campbell County Public Schools has flood insurance with a $50,000 deductible, but Johnson said the division doesn’t know how much repairs will cost.

In other news, a chiller originally purchased for Tomahawk Elementary School is being rerouted to Altavista Combined School.

The combined school’s chiller was on “life support” last week, so the division called in Southern Air to install a portable chiller until the company can install the replacement.

The portable chiller will cost the division $16,000 per month, and the division must pay for at least one month, Johnson said. Southern Air installed the portable chiller Monday, and the school will hopefully be cooled down for the first day of school Tuesday, Johnson said.

Johnson said he hopes the replacement chiller will be installed within the next month.

An order for a new chiller for Tomahawk Elementary has already been placed, Johnson said.

If insurance doesn’t cover cost flood damage costs, capital funds will be used.

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Liz Ramos covers K-12 education for The News & Advance. Reach her at (434) 385-5532.

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