The devastating flooding that has covered Louisiana is now the worst natural disaster to hit the United States since Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern coast four years ago. The Louisiana storms washed over 20 parishes, leaving 13 people dead, roughly 40,000 houses underwater and more that 86,000 applying for federal disaster aid.
The school year was set to start in the midst of the flooding, but classes were canceled as the floodwaters settled over large portions of the region. Student services, while able to assist in evacuations and transport evacuees from shelter to shelter, have been interrupted as a number of school buses were damaged by the devastation. The Baton Rouge school district contains approximately 90 schools. The administrative director of transportation estimated that the buses that can be salvaged will cost anywhere from $3,000 to $30,000 to repair based on the severity of the flooding damage.
On top of recovering the fleet, the district also has to determine how to accommodate for relocated students who have been displaced and may be scattered throughout the area. Service may be affected by the number of buses, and drivers, that may not be able to return to work.
It will some time for the area schools to get back to a normal routine.