Jay Lutt is superintendent for the Farragut and Hamburg, Iowa, school districts. Lutt says some parents who lived in Hamburg but worked across the river in Nebraska City have relocated their families in Nebraska, at least temporarily.
“I know there’s some people that are trying to move back in,” he says. “The mandatory evacuation has been lifted and so we have families that are moving back (to southwest Iowa) and some that it’s still going to take a month or so to get moved back or into housing, so it is very fluctuating.”
The superintendent estimates about 15 students have been lost to flood-related moves.
Mike Eldridge is the junior-senior high school principal for the Sidney, Iowa, Community Schools. Several families in the town of Percival were forced to relocate, some across the river to Nebraska.
Eldridge estimates five or 10 students have left, but he says those numbers aren’t having major impact for now.
“We’ve had a lot of new students move into the district, not necessarily because of the flooding,” Eldridge says. “But we look like we may kind of stay level in regards to enrollment where we’re not going to show a huge decrease and we’re not going to show a big increase.”
A spokeswoman for the Council Bluffs school district says she’s not aware of any families leaving the district because of the floods, but at least 35 students have reported a different home address because of flood-related moves.
The district is helping to transport 13 of those students to school in Council Bluffs from their temporary housing locations.