Iowa Students Return to Disaster Damaged Schools

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By KCRG Intern

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Iowa education officials say about 2,500 students have been displaced by this year's disasters as class resume across the state.

According to a recent survey, about 50 public and 5 private districts reported flooding. Twelve public districts had wind damage, 4 reported hail damage, and 6 were damaged by tornadoes.

Total damage and the cost of providing relief as shelters is estimate at $62 million in public districts and $1.7 in private districts.

Jeff Berger of the Iowa Department of Education says three districts have schools that won't open this fall because of the damage - Cedar Rapids, Aplington-Parkersburg and Waverly-Shell Rock.

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