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St. Francis open for classes after flooding

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St. Francis Catholic School will be open for classes on Monday after flooding at the school this weekend.

The main water line going into the building broke, causing flooding up to four feet in parts of the school. It happened around 3:00 p.m. Saturday.

The Billings Fire Department responded, and because of the snow and ice, it took a while to find the water main valve. The water was shut off around 5:15 p.m.

The water flooded  the choir room, the band and orchestra room and in the gym.

Sunday, crews cleaned up and started some of the restoration and repairs. The flooding damaged musical instruments, books and papers for the teachers.

The commons area received some flooding, but the kitchen was not damaged. In the gym, crews have been trying to dry out the floor and fix any parts that separated.

Two restorations companies and a construction company worked on cleanup today.

"We'll have to cut out sheet rock, check out the electrical and make sure that it's safe and kind of go back to the studs and start over again,”  said Sean Harrington, president of the Billings Catholic Schools.

With a few exceptions, he expects school to be normal for the students.

“I have every confidence in the world that our kids will be well, well cared for,” he said.

 Harrington said he received calls from the School District Two administration, including from Superintendent Terry Bouck. That can be a good message for the students.

“It matters how role model for them and how we handle it,” said Harrington. “And to be able to tell them all the people in the community and the people at School District Two who called and offered support. That's caring for each other and caring for people who are around you and wanting the best for our community."

The music teachers already have started setting up in another classroom.

Harrington expects to know the extent of the damage later in the week.

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