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Crestwood assesses damage from storm

Classes likely to be held on Monday, superintendent says, but decision will be made today.

Work crews repair the gymnasium roof at Crestwood High School on Saturday after the storm Friday night.

Times Leader staff photo/Pete G. Wilcox

WRIGHT TWP. – Nearly 100 student-athletes were inside Crestwood High School when 70-mile-per-hour winds hit the school, ripping away sections of the gymnasium’s roof.

Fortunately, no one was injured, said district Superintendent Richard Duffy.

As of Saturday, Duffy said the high school will be open for classes on Monday but a final decision won’t be made until late this afternoon.

“A structural engineer looked at the school and said everything is OK,” Duffy said. “We’ll have school on Monday but won’t make a final decision until 5 p.m. Sunday.”

Duffy said the decision mostly depends on if PPL crews restore power to the area.

Barry Boone, a junior high school girls basketball coach, said his team was practicing in the gymnasium when a vent in the roof began rattling and the lights began flickering.

“All of a sudden, the vent blew away and the rain came pouring in,” Boone said. “I told the kids to get into the hallway.”

Boone said the boys basketball and wrestling teams were inside the school and also gathered in hallways. Duffy said the boys basketball team was preparing to travel to an away game, but that was canceled because of the storm.

“I give a lot of credit to the coaches that got all the kids into the hallways,” Duffy said.

Boone said many students stayed inside the school for two hours until the storm passed. Many used cell phones or text messaged their parents, Boone said.

“The kids were calling home, some couldn’t get through,” Boone said.

The gymnasium floor sustained damage, as did other sections of the roof and façade. A few windows were also broken, Duffy said.

“Right now, everything that was scheduled for the weekend is canceled,” Duffy said. “We have a lot of workers in the buildings and we don’t want anyone walking in there.”

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