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CHS takes brunt of early evening storm

Corning residents were surprised at the strength of a storm that blew through town last Wednesday afternoon around 6:10 p.m. that did significant damage to Corning High School. The May 29 storm peeled the roof off a southwestern end of a high school wing, much like an opened can of sardines, and blew most of it in the school yard to the west of and behind the gymnasium. The gym had western fiberglass windows pushed out and tufts of insulation were strewn across the gym floor. As the storm approached Corning, it also damaged a home on Hwy. 67 West and uprooted some trees in the Arnold Addition. Crews at the high school worked Thursday removing water and debris from classrooms and the hallways.

Superintendent Kellee Smith reported on Monday that a structural engineer would be coming Tuesday morning, June 4, to check out the high school campus and make sure the building is safe. “Then we’re just getting started getting a new roof put on,” explained Smith. “From there we will decide what needs to be done on the inside.” The administration is aware that some of the tile that will need to be replaced has asbestos it and will need to be abated. “It’s kind of a hurry-up-andwait-game right now. We’re waiting on getting the roof on because it won’t do us much good to do anything until we are completely in the dry.” Currently the roof is tarped. Smith stated that they expect with more rain predicted this week that they will get a little more water in there again. “What the roofers are planning to do is, after the structural engineer looks at it tomorrow, they’re planning on coming back and pulling back the rest of the metal stuff that is on the top and putting a tarp on it. That’s one big tarp, that can be mounted correctly and it will keep it drier. Any time you’ve got something tarped, you run the risk of getting a little water in there. The adjuster said that it was to be expected and the school couldn’t do anything about it. We are trying to move as fast as we can.”

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