Storm causes extensive roof and water damage to Cozad High School

Published: Aug. 13, 2019 at 5:56 PM CDT
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People in Cozad are still cleaning up from Sunday night's storm.

Downed trees can be seen on just about every block throughout the Dawson County community Tuesday afternoon.

City power crews are restoring power lines too.

However, one of the hardest places hit was the high school.

A portion of the roof on the south side of the building was ripped off by the 80 mile an hour straight line winds.

The library, from the ceiling to the carpet, also had extensive water damage.

High school principal Bill Beckenhauer says staff quickly moved all 16 thousand books out into the hallway to dry out Monday morning.

Some computers were also damaged.

The damage comes just as students are about to return to classes next Wednesday.

"The best way I could describe it to you is, I couldn't figure out why the trains were so close to my house; that was about one o'clock in the morning," Beckenhauer said. "Then our local police contacted me about two o'clock and said, "Hey, I think you have an issue with your door on the west side and the facade." "I came up here and started walking the building and realized we had a bigger issue in our library because I could see water already running underneath the doors."

The facade on the west side of the building was also damaged.

School officials estimate total damage will be over $100,000.

"We had this happen about two years ago, same type of deal, a storm right before school started; you just got to be real fleixible" said Beckenhauer. "I think as far as our teachers go and our students, it won't disrupt part of their day and for a while our library is going to be unusable."

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