Schools work to clean up, reopen after Matthew

Posted October 10, 2016 10:29 a.m. EDT
Updated October 10, 2016 6:41 p.m. EDT

— Hundreds of public and private schools in North Carolina are closed Monday, and some will be closed multiple days, while communities struggle to recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Wake County schools were closed Monday as power crews continue to work around the clock to get electricity restored to homes and classrooms. Traditional-calendar students will make up for the lost day on Oct. 31, and year-round students will make up for it on Saturday.

All Wake County Schools, with the exception of Vernon Malone College and Career Academy, will reopen Tuesday. All Wake Technical Community College evening classes held at Vernon Malone College and Career Academy will also be canceled.

East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke will both be closed all week – UNC-Pembroke was already scheduled to be on fall break Thursday and Friday – because of extensive flooding in Pitt and Robeson counties, respectively.

Officials said schools in Wayne County also would be closed for the remainder of the week, calling the flooding there a "historical event."

Closed Tuesday

  • Cumberland County Schools
  • Johnston County Schools
  • Wayne County Schools
  • Hoke County Schools
  • Fort Bragg Schools

Closed Wednesday

  • Cumberland County Schools

Closed Thursday and Friday

  • Wayne County Schools

Full list of school closings

Power was restored quickly to Shaw University but the focus was on flood recovery Monday night as classes are scheduled to resume as normal Tuesday.

Fans and dehumidifiers filled the gym basement on the Shaw University campus after Hurricane Matthew dumped three inches of water inside the building.

The storm also caused flooding in the university's finance office and leads in some windows in other buildings. Generators on campus went down, cutting power to some residence halls and the cafeteria. HVAC units at some residence halls were also lost as a result of the storm.

"We had issues in our residence halls and cafeteria and several of our buildings- our classroom buildings, generators, our windows were leaking. Things of that nature," said Shaw University Vice President for Student Affairs Stanley Eliott.

At one point, the school president delivered pizzas to students to keep them comfortable.

The power was restored to the campus and hot water was being returned to residence halls that lost it Monday afternoon. School officials said it could take another day or so to dry out all flooded areas and crews are continuing to get teh HVAC units at teh student center back up and running.

Shaw satellite campuses in Wilmington and Fayetteville will remain closed for the rest of the week as crews are still working to get a look at the damage.