By Mary Alys Cherry
Kids always love a little break from school. But after many lost their homes or watched the waters — stirred up by the winds of Hurricane Harvey, downgraded to Tropical Storm Harvey — sweep into their houses and those of their friends, most were glad to get back to class when Clear Creek ISD reopened its doors Sept. 11 after a two-week closure.
When school officials did a check on its 45 schools serving 42,000 students in Harris and Galveston counties, they found Brookside Intermediate in Friendswood suffered the most significant damage, and only one campus, Hyde Elementary, had no damage.
CCISD Communications Director Elaina Polsen said that while Brookside will reopen, crews will continue work there for several more weeks. Costs for all the damages are not available at this time, she said.
Clear Brook High: Minor roof leaks, wind-driven rain under doors, flooding to outdoor athletic areas
Clear Creek High: Minor roof leaks, wet carpet and casework in certain areas will need to be replaced, flooding to outdoor athletic areas
Clear Falls High: Baseball press box, softball press box, concessions/restrooms/storage batting cage all flooded with 8 inches of water plus synthetic turf damage
Clear Lake High and Clear Lake 9th Grade Center: Minor roof leaks due to wind-driven rain- synthetic turf damage
Clear Springs High: Outdoor athletic buildings, such as baseball and softball press boxes, concession stands and restrooms, flooded with 2-4 feet of rising water, minor roof leaks
Clear View High: Significant roof leaks throughout building
All of Clear Creek ISD’s intermediate campuses suffered some damage.
At Bayside Intermediate all its athletic buildings flooded with 8 inches of rising water; minor roof leaks due to wind-driven rain
Brookside Intermediate had significant damage to the entire building due to 4” to 5” of rising water; library damage, all casework and carpet throughout school needed to be replaced, gym floor needs replacement
League City Intermediate’s orchestra and choir area flooded with rising water, in addition to various roof leaks throughout the campus
Westbrook Intermediate’s administration area flooded and the school had various roof leaks
Both Clear Creek, Clear Lake and Victory Lakes Intermediates had various roof leaks, as did Creekside, Seabrook and Space Center Intermediates, which also suffered wind-driven rain around the schools.
Stewart Elementary in Clear Lake Shores had the worst damage of any of CCISD’s primary schools with its cafeteria and kitchen flooded with 3 inches of rising water and various roof leaks while Landolt and Hall has rising water in rooms adjacent to their atriums and various roof leaks.
Eighteen elementary schools had damages from various roof leaks and wind-driven rain. These included Armand Bayou, Bauerschlag, Bay, Brookwood, Clear Lake City, Falcon Pass, Ferguson, League City, McWhirter, North Pointe, Parr, Robinson, Ross, Ward, Weber, Wedgewood, Whitcomb and White. (A more comprehensive list of school damages is available on our website BayAreaHoustonMag.com)