Flooding forces temporary closure of Wolfforth daycare

WOLFFORTH, TX (KCBD) - Monday morning, Jo Vaughn got to work at Little Angel's Feet Daycare in Wolfforth 30 minutes early.

She was going to take her class to the library at 6 a.m., and was excited because they love field trips.

But when she opened the doors, the entire daycare, renovated just three years ago, was flooded.

"It's mud all the way down," she said, "the kitchen has mud all through it, the cafeteria, all rooms, all bathrooms. That's when I called the owner and let them know. I said, 'I don't know, you might want to come and look because we might not be able to open today'."

Or for several days. Director of the daycare, Priscilla Rangel, has struggled with this problem after storms before, but it's never been this bad.

"My jaw dropped," she said. "In my own heart, kind of down in the times, because the daycare is everything to me, and especially my kids."

Vaughn was forced to cancel the field trip, and is grateful for the parents' reactions. They serve 60 children, ranging from 6 months to 13 years of age.

"They understand that things like this happen," she said, "and you can't help it."

Rangel says it's a wait-and-see game as business is halted.

However, she still wears a smile on her face and carries hope in her heart.

"If anybody wants to come help us, the community, anyone," she said, "it would be a blessing for us to get some help."

They look forward to opening Jo's classroom again, called Mrs. Jo's Fun Factory, to fill it back up with their little angels' feet.

"I can't wait to see my kids," Rangel said. "I cannot wait. I'm always thinking of them."

It could be 48 hours until an insurance agent can assess the damage, but Rangel said nothing in this world is not fixable, and material things can be replaced.

She plans to keep the daycare at this location because she said she wants to own the building someday.

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