Many Baton Rouge Area Schools Remain Closed Due To Flood Damage
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to Rick Wentzel, superintendent of the Livingston Parish School District in Baton Rouge, La., about how the flooding has affected back to school plans. Fifteen of the 46 schools in Wentzel's district were flooded, eight with extensive damage. He does not yet know when they will be opening.
ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:
Rick Wentzel was helping people in his community in Livingston Parish, La., helping them into a shelter, when his wife called - their own home was flooding, and he had to go rescue her. Wentzel is also just a little more than a month into a job as superintendent of the Livingston Parish schools, schools which are now closed because of the flooding. Rick Wentzel, welcome to the program.
RICK WENTZEL: Thank you, Robert. I appreciate the invitation.