Parents concerned about Perry County bus driving through high water

Parents concerned about Perry County bus driving through high water
(Source: Billy Massey)
(Source: Billy Massey)

PERRY COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - There are a lot of low lying roads in Perry County, Missouri and a lot of them flood during storms.

So, for buses traveling through rain and high water, when is it time to turn around?

One concerned Perry County parent says the bus his kids ride home from school has driven through high water more than once.

Billy Massey and his wife took video and photos of a bus full of students being driven through high water Thursday afternoon on Highway F.

The Perry County Sheriff's Office urged caution to drivers on Highway F, noting the high water on the road.

Massey has three children who ride that bus, and he says he's voiced concern to school officials and the bus service when this happened in the past.

Superintendent Scott Ireland says the bus drivers are employees of Meyer Bus Line, who is contracted through the school system.

Ireland says this is the first time he's heard any concern about buses traveling through high water.

He says water on roadways is a common problem in the area and drivers are asked to use their best judgment.

Ireland also says there is an alternate route in place for every driver and that safety is their main concern.

Ireland says they may need to review safety protocol because he doesn't think the full responsibility of that decision should lie with the driver.

He says a bus safety meeting is scheduled for next week.

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