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Woodland Park Middle School Still Cleaning Up From Flooding

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Memorial Middle School - Woodland Park, NJ - Sep 13, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

Memorial Middle School – Woodland Park, NJ – Sep 13, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

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WOODLAND PARK, NJ (WCBS 880) - A chalkboard and other classroom materials damaged by the recent flooding are being tossed into large trash bins outside Memorial Middle School.

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“Oh, it’s a tremendous effort that had to go into cleaning up,” said Woodland Park schools business administrator Tom Difluri.

He says it has been a $1 to $2 million cleanup.

“You know, we lost a gym floor. That had to be replaced. We lost a science lab,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Levon Putney.

They’ve stripped the flooring down to concrete and had to clean to keep mold from growing, after about a foot of water flooded much of the building.

“We had to hire a large disaster recovery firm that even, as a matter of fact, did the cleanup at the Pentagon after 9/11,” he said.

The work is expected to be done by tomorrow at which time officials will conduct air quality tests.

“Pending those results, as long as everything is okay, we will open this Monday,” Difluri said.

One other school, the Beatrice Gilmore School, had basement flooding.

How are you doing on your cleanup from our recent flooding? Share your stories in the comments section below.

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