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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Sullivans Elementary School students will get an extra week of summer vacation thanks to recent heavy rains.

Department of Defense Dependents Schools officials decided Thursday to delay the first day of school — originally slated for Monday — until Sept. 2.

The delay gives crews time to repair the school’s roof, which leaked under the weight of rain accumulating atop the building during typhoon Etau and subsequent storms in the last three weeks.

“The entire second floor was gutted,” DODDS Japan District Chief of Staff Peter D. Grenier said Thursday, adding that at one point there was 6 inches of standing water on the second floor of the school.

“It’s going to take a while to repair,” he said.

A damage repair cost estimate was not immediately available.

The leak destroyed ceiling tiles, carpets and educational materials in 26 second-floor classrooms, he said.

As a result, the 1,400-plus students in kindergarten through fifth grade will start classes a week late. But they may not be returning to their regular classrooms.

School officials are developing plans that could mean moving eight fifth-grade classes to the new Yokosuka Middle School until repairs are complete, Grenier said.

Areas of Sullivans School that were not damaged by the rainfall also may be reconfigured to accommodate students.

Grenier said officials hope Sullivans Elementary School will be completely restored by the end of September.

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