School Bus in Flood Waters Raises Concerns

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va.---A photo of a school bus making its way through a flooded area raised concerns from neighbors online on Tuesday.

Donna Fridley who witnessed the incident said the picture can be deceiving.

"That was just a picture that was snapped while it was going through water and it seems to be the only one that's getting any attention," said Fridley.

The photo was taken at Estaline Valley road in Augusta Springs, a road flooded by rain.

"[The driver] went through it, it was an empty bus, no one was on it. She was going to the school to get the kids," said Fridley.

In addition, the driver looked at the depth of the water before crossing and informed the school about the situation.

"She wouldn't have put herself or those kids in danger or whatsoever. If she thought it was unsafe, she wouldn't have done it," said Fridley.

Augusta County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent George Earhart said school officials try to help drivers avoid these situations.

"We try to work with our drivers, if they need to reroute and not to go through high waters and so forth," said Earhart.

He said he needs more information before judging a driver's actions.

"Everybody needs their due process so what we will do is share that information with the driver and ask them to come in and give us some explanation and try to explain their side of the story," said Earhart.

However, he said it's a matter he plans to investigate.

"Anytime drivers that we see in anything that is questionable that was dealing with safety with children, we will have to look into it, there is no question about it," said Earhart.

Fridley said she knows the driver did not have other options, but to travel through the high water.

"She had to get the kids home someway or another what is she supposed to do with them just keep them in the bus all night," said Fridley.

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