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Classes in the Granite City School District have been cancelled this week, before they even get started. Flash flooding on Monday in southern Madison County, and around Granite City High School, forced the district to call of the start of school until next Monday, August 19.
Classes on Thursday and Friday are cancelled, but all orientation activities will go on as scheduled. Portions of the high school are still being cleaned up due to flooding. Nearly 10 inches of rain fell in southern Madison County on Monday morning, leaving behind nearly a foot and a half of water in roadways and parking lots and flooding backyards and basements in four townships. Madison County is collaborating with the United Way to gather flood damage information from residents in Granite City, Chouteau, Nameoki and Venice Townships. You're asked to call 2-1-1 from any phone to report flash flood damage. The county will also place dumpsters at three sites to collect items damaged in the flood. They will be located at the highway departments of Chouteau, Nameoki and Venice townships.