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Groundbreaking: Higher Ground for the new Owego Elementary School

A local school that was wiped out by the flood in 2011 is finally starting to rise again.

More than two years after the flood, work started Tuesday on the new building that will house Owego Elementary School.

The new structure is being built on higher ground to avoid damage from future flooding.

"My count is that we are at about day 810 since this whole property was underwater and our elementary school was destroyed, said Bill Russell, superintendent.

"It's very important to come back to the community. The children need it, our faculty need it. And we've been looking forward to the beautiful new building that's been designed," said Laurie McKeveny, the school's principal.

The students from the elementary school are currently attending Linnaeus West Elementary School in Endicott, almost half an hour drive away for most students.

The building is scheduled to be finished in September of 2015.

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