Cameron Public Schools Closed Wednesday Because Of Flooding

CAMERON, OK (KFSM) -- Cameron Public Schools has told 5NEWS that schools will close Wednesday (Aug. 15) afternoon because of flooding.

Cameron Elementary School

Cameron Schools Superintendent John Long said that parts of the elementary school are flooded.

School officials are also concerned about bus routes on rural roads in the district.

Bus routes are running early to send students home, Long told 5NEWS.

In LeFlore County, heavy downpours have caused flash flooding across the region.

Winds were blowing the rain so hard that water was rushing inside the school.

In just a 24 hour period the area got five inches of rain.

Fourth-grade teacher Nancy Whitehead describes the moment she noticed the building was starting to flood.

"As the water started coming in I made them (students) pick up their backpacks and make sure everything was off the floor and ready to go. My kids were really calm all in all."

Superintendent John Long was out looking to see how high the water was on the roadways when he realized the school was flooding too.

"When I got here five classrooms and an office had already flooded. They had it contained in the middle of the hallway, and they were pushing water out of the front, back and the side door at that time.

It's been a little less than a year since Cameron High School burned.

"It's amazing that you are dealing with first this time last year and floods this time this year. Mother Nature can be cruel sometimes," said Long.

Teachers and staff worked all afternoon using shop vacs and squeegees to get all the water out.

No books or any other school materials were damaged by flood waters.

As of now, Cameron Public Schools will be open Thursday, August 16.