Classes at Pearl B. Larsen Elementary were cancelled Monday morning as school and maintenance personnel worked to control flooding from Sunday’s torrential rains.
In a statement, St. Croix District Superintendent of Schools Gary Molloy said the flooding was being assessed overnight, but as the rains continued it became an emergency situation even with additional staff being dispatched.
“The flooding was primarily caused by the heavy rains and an overflowing cistern. While there is a runoff from the cistern, the amount of water was too much … to prevent the flooding,” he said.
Since more rain is forecast, the school district is cleaning and clearing drains and has personnel on alert. At this time the school is scheduled to be in session Tuesday.