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School buses roll with few delays

Thursday, January 6, 2005

When it rains it pours and that's what it did all day Wednesday. One to three inches fell during the day. Following intermittent rain since a six-inch snowfall on Dec. 22, ponds and rivers spilled over their banks and the ground became saturated.

Many city and county roads were under water and routine treks became a frightening test of wills between man and Mother Nature.

Getting the kids to school and back home safely was a major concern for many parents. Clay Community Schools Transportation Director Frank Misner said poor road conditions are always a concern but they experienced few problems Wednesday from the heavy rain.

"We tell the drivers, don't go through running water," Misner said. "Just don't do that."

The rule caused some buses to be a little late Wednesday because drivers had to make detours. But there were no incidents of any damage or injury due to water on the roads.

Misner explained that if a bus couldn't get to a home, the child would be returned to school and the parents would be called to come for their child. He said most parents who live out where rain would make travel difficult are already aware of the problem. They usually transport their children to and from school on those days or the youngsters may stay home.

There were reports that buses couldn't get through in the Poland area and many of those children didn't go to school Wednesday.

Misner's bigger concern Wednesday was the possibility of freezing rain moving to the area. Radar showed an ice storm north around Kokomo and Lafayette. Fortunately, it stayed north and the rain began to dissipate during the night.

WTW0 NewsChannel 2 meteorologist Jesse Walker's forecast was for mostly cloudy and cold but no rain is expected today or Friday.

The Clay Community Schools delayed the start of school for two hours this morning. With that delay, a dry sky and temperatures above freezing, the buses should keep on rolling.

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