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Cleanup from flooding starts in Amite

Westside Middle School (Source: Ryan Naquin / Fox 8 Photo) Westside Middle School (Source: Ryan Naquin / Fox 8 Photo)
AMITE, LA (WVUE) -

The cleanup effort has already started at Westside Middle School in Amite.

This weekend hallways and classrooms were flooded when the heavy rains poured into the Tangipahoa River, causing it to overflow its banks.

In Tangipahoa, all schools are closed this week because of the flooding.

Inside of West Side Middle School, a group of about two dozen people continue the clean up inside. There are large fans inside blowing down the halls trying to dry things off.

The crews also using squeegees, pushing water out. But a lot of water remains in the school. The cleanup could take a few days, or even longer.

Some roads remain closed in Tangipahoa. Highway 61 between Fluker to the village of Tangipahoa.

Amite Police Chief Jerry Trabona said he has never seen the water come up that quick.

Trabona also said communications in the area have been hampered after flooding and rains knocked out some cellular networks.

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