Some students in Johnson City are getting a few extra days of summer thanks to Mother Nature.
The schools, which were scheduled to begin Monday, were closed because of flooding.
We've also learned that the Johnson City Mass Transit and Paratransit services will return to regular schedule Tuesday.
School buildings were also damaged in Sunday night's rains. The supervisor of facilities in Johnson City tells us there was damage in the old sections of Science Hill High School and in the gym, as well as in the theatre area of Fairmont Elementary, which had the most damage.
The main reason classes were cancelled Monday and Tuesday is because the bus fleets were damaged. Most of the Johnson City school buses were in the city's maintenance garage Sunday night, which was flooded and had a lot of damage.
Crews spent Monday trying to clean out the vehicles. There were fences knocked down around the garage property, debris around the surrounding streets and even twigs and mud in the grilles of the buses.
Monday was scheduled to be the first half day of school. We've learned that classes are also cancelled for Tuesday. Administrators are hoping to have an abbreviated half day of classes on Wednesday, but we won't know until tomorrow afternoon if the bus fleet will be ready.
We're told these two days will be made up later in the school year.
Right now there is no estimated price tag on the damage according to David Chupa, supervisor of facilities. "We feel it will be fairly insignificant. Probably the biggest cost will be man power for maintenance; custodians and staff to be here helping to clean up," he said.
We've also learned about a dozen large busses were damaged in the flood, as well as some smaller buses including those that are handicap-accessible with wheelchair lifts.