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La Grange ISD returns back to school after historic flooding

La Grange ISD students and faculty are back at school for the first time this year after being thrown off schedule due to historic flooding. Many buildings and homes were lost, but the spirit of the district is still strong. (CBS Austin)

La Grange ISD students and faculty are back at school for the first time this year after being thrown off schedule due to historic flooding. Many buildings and homes were lost, but the spirit of the district is still strong.

"I have to keep a positive mindset. I have plans that I want to achieve, and I can't let this set me back," La Grange Sr. High School student Paola Murillo said.

Murillo's family was one of more than 100 in the district that lost their home during the flood. She only had time to get a few pieces of clothing before evacuating.

"It made me just panic, but, then, at the same time, I was like, 'we'll be fine,' and come Monday morning, we weren't fine. We lost everything," Murillo said.

Despite the setback, Paola says she's determined to work harder than ever this school year so she can join the Air Force and eventually give her parents their own home.

"Some disaster may have happened to us, but I feel like when a door closes, many more open for us," Murillo said.

Football coach and teacher James Magness' home also flooded. He says the kindness and support he's seen in the community over the last week has changed his outlook on life, despite losing most of his belongings.

"The spirit is awesome here, and that's why this has been my longest tenure at one place. You know, being in the coaching profession," Magness told CBS Austin.

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