Milford superintendent: Harborside Middle School to open Friday

Harborside Middle School closes on Thursday due to flooding. Connecticut received about 3 to 6 inches of rain from Hurricane Ida.

Harborside Middle School closes on Thursday due to flooding. Connecticut received about 3 to 6 inches of rain from Hurricane Ida.

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MILFORD - Harborside Middle School, closed Thursday because of flooding inside the building, will be reopening Friday, according to Superintendent Anna Cutaia.

Flood waters inundated several areas of the city after the remnants of Hurricane Ida moved through the state overnight Wednesday into Thursday.

Cutaia, in a letter to Harborside Middle School families, said the building had a small amount of water inside the main floor, confined primarily to the cafeteria. But she said the basement had larger amounts of water and debris, resulting in damage and the need for intensive remediation work.

“Given the progress of our facilities team and associated contractors that have been brought in, our plan is to have Harborside open and operating (Friday), as normal,” Cutaia said.

“As work continues on the basement level of the school, classrooms and other services provided there will be shifted temporarily to other available spaces within the building, including music, art, and technology education,” she said.

Milford public schools communications director Kathy Bonetti said that during storms with intense rain, the first floor, which is below grade, can have water seep in.

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