Kingwood businesses, schools become beds after Tuesday flooding
With the rain flooding streets and blocking access, many individuals around Kingwood spent Tuesday night at their business or school.
At The Village Learning Center, Executive Director Marcus Denman said Tuesday that five children and five staff members are in good spirits despite experiencing a longer day than usual.
“Some of us have been here since 7 a.m.,” he said. “But we’re still here and providing support.”
Denman said there were hot meals for everyone there, and members from Red Cross would arrive with additional cots and beds. No rescue is needed, he added.
Also spending the night at their business were staff members and some children from Kids in Action school on Woodland Hills Drive in Kingwood. All were safe — despite the presence of water in the building.
“Hi everyone! We are all safe! Kids are upstairs and enjoying hot cocoa, nuggets!,” per the Facebook post at 7 p.m. The school will close Wednesday.
The latest Twitter post from Kingwood Middle School included a picture of some students having light snacks and watching “The Iron Giant” in the library. “Movie and a snack for students at KMS at 10:20 p.m.,” read the tweet.
In an announcement, Humble ISD said all schools will be open Wednesday. Absences on the day will be counted, except for “high school students for exam exemptions or against students for perfect attendance awards.”
Some decided to take action, however.
Javier Osornio, his wife Alexandra Leon and his brother Cristofer Osornio used a lifted 2011 Chevrolet Silverado to enter Kingwood and rescue Leon’s colleague — a Pines Montessori School teacher — and her granddaughter.
On the way there, Javier saw many stalled and stranded cars.
“We were just having that conversation about Kingwood … after they went through Harvey,” Javier said. “Some homes are still going through recovery, and this weather is not helping the people out there.”
He will continue to monitor the weather for the next couple of days.
Mayor Sylvester Turner, in a tweet, said that there are homes in the Elm Groves subdivision with water inside and that “Red Cross is setting up shelter.” It is a located at Kingwood First Baptist Church on 3500 Woodland Hills Drive.
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