Broward County Public Schools closed Thursday due to extreme rain, flooding

Schools open in Miami-Dade County

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Broward County public schools are closed Thursday due to extreme flooding in several parts of the county.

The announcement was made late Wednesday night following a day full of rain.

School district officials say some schools had water in the hallways/classrooms and some schools reported roof leaks, as well. Some campuses were not accessible due to flooding.


“That decision came due to the increasing dangers that were being posed to our schools,” said Toni Barnes, Broward Schools’ Director of Emergency Management. “We became aware that our schools were taking on water, that there were very dangerous conditions (for) many of our schools in that southeast quadrant of the county.”

Officials are assessing schools Thursday to review any damage and to determine when students should return.

A decision is expected to be made by 3 p.m.

Sky 10 was above Olsen Middle School in Dania Beach earlier in the day as the football field and surrounding roads were underwater.

Accessibility continues to be a problem for schools in the southeast district, including in Hollywood, Dania Beach and Hallandale Beach.

Once officials can get into the schools, they can determine how much damage has been done.

Schools remain open Thursday in Miami-Dade County.

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