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Wednesday Storm Causes Power Outages, Flooding At DES

WATER VALLEY – A strong pop-up thunderstorm last Wednesday night, Aug. 26, caused minor power outages in Water Valley and flooding in Davidson Elementary School.
Water Valley Electric Department Superintendent Andy Hall reported the storm brought down a limb  on a pole in the vicinity of Lafayette and Court streets that caused an outage for an estimated 75 to 80 residents.
Water Valley School District Superintendent Jerry Williams reported that portions of the third and fourth grade hallway, the cafeteria and a couple of classrooms were under mud and water following the rain.
Williams reported that the flooding has occurred several times in recent months as construction work continues at the school, affecting drainage above the cafeteria.
The superintendent  said the entire crew with Roberts Builders, Inc., shut down construction Wednesday morning for almost three hours as they worked to clean up the affected areas. He also said the company is working to ensure the buildings don’t flood again.
Roberts Buildings, Inc. was awarded a $5.92 million contract to make improvements at the elementary school and high school. According to the terms of the contract, the work is to be completed by the end of the year. A company official reported last week that the work could be completed as early as October.

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