St. Regis Mohawk Elementary School reopens Monday following recent flooding
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 9:11 am

AKWESASNE — Salmon River Central School District and the Unified Incident Command have made the decision to reopen the St. Regis Mohawk Elementary School Monday, March 5.

“Upon evaluation of the river and current location of ice packs, the Unified Incident Command has advised school officials that students and staff may safely return to the St. Regis Mohawk School on Monday,” said A/Emergency Planning Program Manager Derek Comins.

On Friday, March 2, 2018, representatives from SRCSD and Unified Command met to assess the situation at the St. Regis Mohawk Elementary School and work together to reach a mutual decision regarding reopening the school. In attendance were: Superintendent Dr. Harper, Assistant Superintendent Angie Robert, SRCSD Director or Buildings and Grounds Ryan Adams, St. Regis Mohawk Elementary School Principal Kevin Walbridge, Assistant SRME Principal Allison Benedict, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Chief of Police Matthew Rourke, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe A/Emergency Planning Coordinator Derek Comins, and Issac Mcdonald, 3rd Assistant Chief for the Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department (HAVFD).

The District and the Unified Command wish to remind the public that at no time during the flooding of the road and area surrounding the school did water enter the building or playground. The ice pack that had been situated across the street from the school earlier this week has since moved downstream, and all parties agreed that the area surrounding the school was unlikely to flood again next week. The Unified Command and Salmon River Central School District will continue to work closely together to monitor the situation, and will notify the public of any changes.

“We are grateful for the collegiality and cooperation between our partners, and for the dedication to safety for our students, staff, and community,” said SRCSD Superintendent Dr. Stanley Harper. “We are pleased to return St. Regis Mohawk Elementary School students and staff to their classrooms safely.”

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