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The Pequabuck River overflowed its banks on Tulip Street, near the O'Connell School Thursday. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

The Pequabuck River overflowed its banks on Tulip Street, near the O’Connell School Thursday. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut school has lost up to $60,000 worth of books in its library and elsewhere because of flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irene.

O’Connell School in Bristol stayed closed an extra day this week for cleanup while other city schools opened, but had to dismiss early Thursday when more rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee caused more flooding problems.

The Bristol Press reports that torrential rains from Irene last weekend swelled the nearby Pequabuck River, which overflowed its banks and poured into the school’s library and several classrooms.

About 2,000 books were damaged beyond repair by the water, muck and other debris.

School officials were working this week to catalog the losses for federal flood relief reimbursement.

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