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Midland Trail Dismissed Early Because Of Fumes During Reflushing Process; No Classes Thursday

Reported: Feb. 5, 2014 10:22 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 5, 2014 11:25 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Stefano DiPietrantonio) – There are no classes scheduled for Midland Trail Elementary School for Thursday, after students were let out early Wednesday.

The flushing process at Midland started around 6 a.m. Wednesday, and was still going on when students and staff got to school. The facilities were ventilated, but several people complained of dizziness and nausea, and they parents, as you might imagine, are upset.

"The smell was overwhelming. My nephew got taken out in an ambulance," Joella Rose said.

She said her nephew’s blood pressure was soaring at Riverside High School, which also dismissed early because of water issues. Apparently, he was throwing-up and passed out.

"Too much of the smell, I guess," she said.

All this was happening, as she was picking-up her kids from Midland Trail Elementary. Students were sent home early for some of the very same reasons.

"One time, they say it's all clear, everybody flushed their system and everything,” parent James Griffith said. “And now you know, they're saying the water's bad again."

"They're flushing the system and some of the kids are getting sick from the smell," another parent, Robin Hudson, said. She said she’s had it. Only a few days ago, kids were sent home, because the water coming out of the faucets was yellow!

"I'm aggravated about it, because they're doing it with them here,” Hudson said. “The School Board should have known better. They shouldn't have done that with the kids here."

A cook was seen by first responders, but was not transported.

"It's our water, something we've taken for granted. And now we can't take it for granted anymore!," State School Superintendent Jim Phares said. He added that, despite the setbacks, he is confident in the science behind the testing.

"We're gonna get the National Guard in here, they're gonna do another test. If they don't meet the standards, we're not gonna bring 'em back until they do," Phares said emphatically.

Classes at Midland Trail Elementary and Riverside High School have been canceled for Thursday, so the systems can be re-flushed. We’ll let you know soon as they give it the all-clear.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Riverside High School and Midland Trail Elementary were dismissing early Wednesday after complaints at the schools about odors that were surfacing during the reflushing of the plumbing systems.

Terry Hollandsworth with Kanawha County Schools said Superintendent Ron Duerring decided to dismiss the schools early after there were were major complaints about odors at the school and people feeling nauseous.

Riverside was dismissing students at 10:30 a.m., and Midland Trail at 11 a.m. School officials said the schools will be closed on Thursday.

The plumbing systems at the schools were being reflushed in the wake of a chemical spill in the Elk River that caused a massive water crisis.

Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.



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