BOULDER - Two weeks ago, the Four Mile Creek took a left hand turn directly into Crest View Elementary School. Nearly all of the classrooms suffered flood damage. Two weeks later, the school will reopen.
"In some places in the building, we had 18 inches of muddy water," principal Ned Levine said.
Construction crews worked literally around the clock to replace flooring, walls, furniture and other items. The damage estimates are in the hundreds of thousands, according to officials with the Boulder Valley School District.
"It was a real hard push, 24-7," Levine said. "A lot of help, a lot of good coordination to get us back in business by Monday."
But, in the last two days, parents like Maryann Pyle have poured into the school to get the classrooms back in order.
"Now, that we've put our houses together. We're getting Crest View together," Pyle said.
Pyle and the parents are unpacking boxes, replacing supplies, trying to give kids a regular classroom again.
"I think we're getting there," Pyle said.
Teachers like Judy Franz appreciate the help.
"I think they're fabulous," Franz said. "I think without them it would've been impossible with a capital 'I'."
Even though it is happening before their eyes, Franz and Pyle cannot believe the school is reopening so quickly.
"I am surprised. I did not expect it to look this good for us to come back," Pyle said.
Levine says what's happening at his school is an example of what's happening all around Boulder County.
"When my own basement flooded, the neighbors were right in there helping me get things right out even before I could call them," Levine said. "The same thing is happening here. There's a lot of reaching out to each other."
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