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Some parents think Buncombe school officials waited too late to cancel classes

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Lauren Dodgin had an iffy drive dropping her kids off at Owen Middle School on Thursday morning. She thinks school officials waited too late to cancel classes. (Photo credit: Lauren Dodgin)

Floodwaters covered nearly half of Veterans Park in Black Mountain on Thursday.

Buncombe County Schools in that area called the day off at 11 a.m. Owen district officials canceled classes out of concern about isolated flooding and power outages.

But at least one parent thought the schools acted too late.

Lauren Dodgin had an iffy drive dropping her kids off at Owen Middle School on Thursday morning.

A schools spokesperson said, at 6 a.m., officials were monitoring conditions and did not have reports of any problems and all buses arrived safely. But Dodgin believes there should have been a two-hour delay.

"I'm watching teenagers around me, going, 'This is nuts.' I'm going, 'This is nuts,' Dodgin said. "And it was. You were in it before you even really realized what was happening."

A schools spokesperson said, as conditions worsened through the morning and power went out at one school, officials decided to dismiss early.

The spokesperson said officials believe the safest place for kids is in school or on a bus and encourages parents to bring their concerns about kids' safety to their principal.

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