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High school dismisses students early due to flooding

September 11, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials say a south Philadelphia high school dismissed classes early due to flooding that forced students from classrooms and damaged the school.

Students at Academy of Palumbo, a magnet school of about 1,000 students, were dismissed at 1 p.m. Tuesday due to the problems following heavy rains over the weekend.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that water pooled on every floor of the five-story building and prompted workers to collapse the cafeteria ceiling.

District spokesperson Lee Whack says no students or staff members were injured and the ceiling collapse was controlled. Whack says staff members are assessing the damage and cleaning up.

No announcement has been made about whether classes will be held Wednesday.

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