DONIPHAN, MO (KAIT) - It is normal to hear about school closures during the winter months when snow or ice is in the area, but this year, a few Region 8 schools are starting off with rain closures.
Excessive rainfall, starting last Saturday, has hit our southern Missouri counties especially hard.
Several road closures have made it impossible for some students to make it to class.
Both the Neelyville and Doniphan school districts canceled classes Monday and Tuesday.
Neelyville Superintendent Brad Hagood made the call Monday morning around 11:00 a.m. when he heard reports of rapidly rising water in the Neelyville area.
"In my years here in Neelyville," said Hagood, "I never had it rise that quickly in that short amount of time. The water started rising so fast that we had to make different arrangements."
The same situation was faced in Doniphan, according to Jay Fish, Doniphan Middle School principal.
"We had too many roads under water," said Fish. "We had some roads that were washed out in places. We run a lot of gravel roads. Most of our bus routes are gravel routes and they just couldn't hold up to that amount of rain."
Unfortunately, there is not much the districts can do but wait for the water to recede.
In the meantime, both towns are looking forward to a successful and great school year.
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