Lone Star College sustains $10 million in Harvey damage

KINGWOOD, Texas (KTRK) -- The price tag for flood damage is topping 10 million dollars at Lone Star College in Kingwood.

Six of the school's nine buildings saw major flooding.

"It was heart breaking for sure, we take great pride, knew it would impact the lives of 1200 employees and 13,000 students," said Dr. Katherine Persson, President of LSC-Kingwood.

Officials say the nearby San Jacinto River topped its banks and overwhelmed an adjacent sewage treatment plant. It's that contaminated water that flooded the facilities.

In the process, the water destroyed all the library books and nearly everything that was on the first floor of 6 campus buildings.

School is supposed to start in just over 2 weeks. Many of the classes are now moving online.

"We have no facilities, and so we know and we have asked out faculty, first of all there is training faculty how to teach on line, that is occurring between now and when classes are up," said Persson.

Many of the students may not have homes or be able to take online classes, so if they have to drop out for the semester the school will give refunds, officials here urging students to check in with the college as soon as possible.

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