Bloomsburg School District plans flood wall

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Bloomsburg, Columbia County – Flood wall could soon be coming to Bloomsburg. 
 
The Bloomsburg School District is worried about protecting their school from another tropical storm like Lee, from 2011. 
 
The school district will either join with the town’s plan to build a wall to protect the community or go at it alone and build one surrounding the school. 
 
People living in the Town of Bloomsburg know what it is like to have the Susquehanna River at their door step. The high school and middle school sit just yards from the river. “2011 was the first major flood that affected us and so anything that can be done would be appreciated,” said Jim Doyle. 
 
The school district is weighing its option when it comes to building their own wall or joining the town and building one wall for the community. 
 
“Since we pay tax dollars to the school they’re going to be using our money and we’re still paying tax dollars to the town. It does not make sense to split it up,” said Paul Topete. 
 
The Bloomsburg Town Park was flooded four years go. “A lot of people pulled together to build this park and the town. These are funds outside our taxes. This is something we want to protect as well,” said Tarrah Baptista. 
 
If the town of Bloomsburg decides to build a flood wall it would protect the park, schools and residents. The school district says if it takes too long to build they will build their own. 
 
Both the Town of Bloomsburg and the School District are in the planning stage of a flood wall. 

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