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West Glacier Elementary Almost Back To Normal

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School is back in session, and almost back to normal, for West Glacier Elementary after a pipe burst last month.

Thanks to hours of work put in through the holiday break, you really cannot tell that just a few weeks ago the school's front hallway was flooded after a pipe burst.

Now all the dryers are gone and there are just a few odds and ends to deal with before the school is as good as new.

"We just have some cleanup to finish and the wall will come down and we'll have full use of our gym," said Cory Pierce, the school's principal.

The last time ABC Fox Montana visited West Glacier Elementary, one side of the gym was filled with cafeteria tables and supplies from the kitchen to try to keep them out of the way during construction. The other side of the gym was being used for recess when it was too cold to go outside. Pierce says the partition used to separate the two halves will be removed as soon as Tuesday, January 7, and definitely before the end of the week.

"Basically, the first day that we discovered the flood here people came in great numbers to help us move things, to see if they could help dry out the school, to see if they could offer their services," explained Pierce.

The kitchen was the hardest hit, and now it has brand new cabinets and is almost ready for cooking. Pierce says the gym floor did not need work since it is laminate.

Several subcontractors who helped rehab the building will bill the school's insurance directly, so Pierce admits coming up with a final cost of the damage is difficult, but not all the work came with a price tag.

"We are very thankful as a school for the support we received locally and throughout the Flathead," said Pierce.

In total, kids missed four days of school starting December 10, after the pipe burst.

Unless school gets canceled again, the last day of school for West Glacier Elementary is June 5.

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