Sedro-Woolley food drive no longer underwater

by: Chris Legeros Updated:

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SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. - A pipe burst in part of Sedro-Woolley's Cascade Middle School last weekend. Eventually, the weight of the water knocked down part of a ceiling and insulation. 

Principal Scott McPhee said water rushed down a hallway like a river 3 to 5 inches deep. 

Nine classrooms were damaged. Two hundred pounds of food stored in one of them was destroyed. That food was supposed to help feed 15 needy Cascade students and their families over the holidays. 

Eighth-grade student Sophie Stewart said she felt "really sad because all the work that went into it was ruined." 

There has been an amazing comeback over the last couple of days. The flood has fueled more giving. The students now have four times the amount of groceries they had before the pipe burst. 

McPhee said, "It's a very positive thing. Learning goes beyond history and English and social studies. It's about helping human beings and doing the best we can for our communities."