BOULDER - When Four Mile Creek spilled onto the Crest View Elementary School campus, Superintendent Dr. Bruce Messinger knew that was trouble. Then, it happened again and again.
"We had really four different episodes where the Four Mile Creek came out of its banks and went into the building," Messinger said. "About 85 percent of the building was impacted by water ankle deep, 4-inches deep or so."
Messinger says layers of mud filled the school and moisture got into some of the drywall that needs to be replaced.
"We're dehumidifying the building, running air filters in the building. So, air quality is really important to us. That's the work we're doing right now."
Tom Paquette watched as the Four Mile Creek took a hard left turn into Crest View Elementary.
"It was probably on this deep, but it was running fast," Paquette said while gesturing towards his knees.
The same deluge spilled into the basement of his home across the street from the school.
"We probably lost our furnace, our hot water heater, washer and dryer," Paquette said. "We hope next week to have hot water."
Paquette thinks it will be about six months before his home is repaired.
Messinger thinks construction crews can have Crest View Elementary back open within two weeks.
"We're pushing pretty hard," Messinger said. "Our expectation was we get it done in two weeks and so they'll work night and day. We're confident they'll get it done."
Paquette and his wife Penny say that would be amazing.
"They have a huge crew. They have 100 people working round the clock. Yeah, we've got two people," Paquette and Penny said together.
The St. Vrain Valley School District resumed classes at most schools on Thursday. The schools in Lyons remained closed because of extensive flood damage in the town. Those students could attend classes in the old Longmont High School.
At Crest View, a staff member says construction workers are taking care of classroom pets. They are making sure they are fed and have clean water.
Messinger says reopening the school right away is important for the community and for the kids.
"We're only two weeks into the school year. Students have just started to form community. So, this is a real critical time of the year we have our students back with us," Messinger said.
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