Morning Storms Cause Headaches for Local Schools

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Heavy rain and strong winds Wednesday morning impacted much the metro as the headed off to school.

The Adel – De Soto – Minburn School District was one of 1,000 homes and buildings without power. The district enforced a two hour delay on all of its schools.

High school principal, Lee Grieble, also says the city’s boil advisory is having an effect on the elementary, middle and high school. The district had to place Culligan water tanks in hallways for students to use.

“Different factors come into play every day so we have to make decisions on the fly,”says Griebel.

For the Des Moines Public School District, it had a handful of schools on the south side without power and all but two buildings had power restored. Both Jefferson and Lovejoy elementary schools were dismissed at 11:30 a.m. due to lack of power. A spokesperson with the school says the power at the two locatons was restored shortly after students were dismissed. Phil Roeder says the district didn’t anticipate for a weather dismissal so soon but he anticipates there will definitely be more to come.

“We deal with weather all the time in the district good bad and in-between its one day down and 179 more to go for us.”

Wednesday was also move-in day for 850 Drake University freshman students. Coordinators say rainy weather hasn’t plagued move-in day in years but some would rather have it that way.

“I would rather have this than hot enough where we are worried about people dehydrating and passing out. I will take my pruned fingers and not be nervous about students that I’m okay with that,” says Associate Dean of Students, Ann Miller.


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