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Some Kanawha Schools Flushed For Second Time

Reported: Feb. 1, 2014 9:28 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- The water was running and draining Saturday, as Kanawha County employees flushed some schools for a second time.

MCHM levels in the water at Andrew Heights Elementary, John Adams Middle and George Washington High School were all above the recommended 10 parts per billion, which is the required measurement for schools.

Kanawha County school leaders said flushing again was a necessary step to protect kids.

"This is new territory," Mary Cook, a mother of three, said. "I think they're doing the best they could do."

Collin Castillo is on the lacrosse team and a junior at George Washington High School and agreed with Cook.

"The school's handled it well and they've supplied a good amount of bottled water to students," Castillo said. "I don't feel like we're at an actual risk."

So far this year, between the weather and the water crisis, students in Kanawha County have been in class for less than five days.

Castillo hopes this second flushing it the last of the problems for George Washington so that things at school can just get back to normal. He said with AP class tests, the WESTEST, finals, and spring break, rescheduling and reorganizing will be hard on everyone.

And Cook, knows it's been difficult.

Two of her kids are students at John Adams Middle, one of the affected schools.

She is more than ready for classes and sports to get back in the swing of things. She said while it's been a struggle for herself and many others, it also should come as no surprise.

"It's difficult ...[but] we do live in a place that creates a lot of chemicals and with that comes a lot of risks," she said. "When people live in this chemical valley, there are things that come along with that. you just have to believe what they're doing is the right thing to do."

National Guard members, school officials and the health department were out all Saturday testing and flushing. However, no results were available on Saturday.



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