DARTMOUTH — Power lines are down at Potter Elementary School in Dartmouth, which has no electricity this morning — but school is going ahead anyway.

A fallen tree took out power lines to the school on just the second day of the 2021-2022 school year as the remnants of former hurricane Ida hit the SouthCoast, bringing high winds and torrential rain overnight and into the morning.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bonny Gifford confirmed that although power is out, school is in session as normal.

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She noted that buses will be using the parents' parking and dropoff area as Eversource works to restore power.

This may cause some delays and traffic backups during the morning rush.

Electricity is expected to be restored in the next couple of hours, Dr. Gifford said.

Luckily, she added, no other Dartmouth schools are experiencing similar issues.

Communities across the SouthCoast are struggling with flooding and power outages this morning as a flash flood warning remains in place until 8:30 a.m.


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