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McAlester Intermediate School Badly Damaged, Shut Down

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Students at McAlester's Parker Intermediate School will start off the school year at a new location after their building was seriously damaged Tuesday afternoon.

Teachers preparing for the first day of school on Wednesday noticed water seeping in around 1:30 p.m., said district superintendent Dr. Marsha Gore.

Gore said the building was immediately evacuated and the situation progressively worsened, as the building suffered from serious structural damage and buckling floors. 

There were four to five inches of water rushing through hallways and classrooms on the bottom floor, officials said.

About ten people were inside at the time and no one was injured.

A structural engineer will arrive on site Wednesday morning to assess the damage.

Gore said at this point, it is unclear what may have caused the issue, but they are investigating a possible water line break.

About 400 fifth and sixth graders were planning to start off the school year at the building Wednesday, but will now be transferred to a temporary location.

Students will attend classes at Eastern Oklahoma State College's McAlester campus on 1802 College Ave. for the rest of the week while school administrators work on a long-term solution.

"Right now, we're not going to use it until we have some information that it is safe to use," Gore said of the damaged school.

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