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Flooding Impacts Area Schools

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BELGRADE -

Rising water shut down schools and traveling in Gallatin County Friday as early spring flooding swept across the state.

Students weren't in class Friday at Amsterdam School after significant flooding around the school forced evacuations for student safety.

Amsterdam Board Chairman Charles Pipal said students were going to be released around noon Friday, which helped make the decision to close.

"It made sense to not put parents in their vehicles picking up and dropping off kids not knowing what the creek was going to do over night," Pipal said.

Flooding had gone down tremendously at the school, but some of the playground equipment still had water surrounding it.

Despite all that, Pipal said the school didn't have the worst flooding in the area.

"There are households along the way here that have it a lot worse than we do and we wish them the best and hopefully everyone can get their houses dried out," said Pipal.

The Gallatin County Emergency Management said many homes and roads that were dealing with high water Thursday were seeing better conditions Friday.

But many county roads were seeing rapidly changing conditions.

Belgrade Public Schools Transportation Coordinator Stephanie Banks said that's why they decided to not bus their students Friday.

"As the day's gone by, in five to ten minutes the road conditions are changing so for the safety of the students we decided to go ahead and cancel bus service," said Banks.

She said they did have their few shorter midday routes out this afternoon, but quickly realized they wouldn't be able to run again at the end of the day.

"Just in the time they went by the first time to the time they went by the second time the road condition changed dramatically," said Banks.

Since buses weren't running this Friday afternoon in Belgrade, students were held at their school until parents came to pick them up.

Banks said this is the first time in at least ten years Belgrade schools have canceled bus service.

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