Spring Valley (WQOW) – Spring Valley Middle-High School was closed Friday and will not reopen until Monday, all because of damage caused by Thursday’s storm.
Since early Friday morning, school staff and construction crew members have been helping with clean up.
The warnings came during the school’s Thursday 7 p.m volleyball game, shortly after, people were safely ushered to the locker rooms. The superintendent Don Haack said 25-minutes later, strong winds hit the school building.
“The main focus is on the roofs, both the metal roof, which we just put on new last year and the flat roofs on the gym in the commons area that we put on two years ago, are both in rough shape,” said Haack.
The school’s radio-repeater tower is bent, the ball field dugout cover blew away, ripping insulation out of the walls, covering the school’s windows, but most of the damage was on the roof.
“We didn’t have any injuries thank goodness, and the folks here took the proper precautions to keep everybody safe, so we are good,” said Haack.
A dollar estimate of the damages is unknown as of Friday because Haack said there is so much more damage to be uncovered.