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No timeline to reopen 7 Robeson County schools flooded, damaged by Matthew

Seven schools in the Robeson County School District sustained extensive damage during Hurricane Matthew, and now district officials are not sure when the schools will reopen. (Robeson County School District)

Seven schools in the Robeson County School District sustained extensive damage during Hurricane Matthew, and now district officials are not sure when the schools will reopen.

District Superintendent Tommy Lowry says all of the schools have damage from downed trees.

"Today we met with our cabinet, directors and supervisors from the different departments across the district to evaluate where we are. We will assemble again next week to develop a plan on how we will get the school district back up and running," Lowry said.

District officials say St. Pauls Elementary, Rosenwald Elementary and Carroll Middle School also have water damage. Further, the district still hasn't been able to assess the damage at W.H. Knuckles or West Lumberton because of the high waters that remain in the area.

The Public Schools of Robeson County Central Office, Transportation, the Planetarium and Shining Stars are all under water.

"A lot of things are not within our control. Because we have people in shelters, we cannot open the schools. We are doing everything we can to expedite the process to get schools open," Lowry said.

"We are working with the various agencies. Everyone has parts and we must all work together to do what we need to do for our students and families."

Officials believe none of the schools have any major structural damage.

They're hoping to be able to further evaluate and assess conditions when flood waters recede.

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