Texas Hailstorm Damage Continues To Be Assessed
|By Brittany Jackson, Abilene Reporter-News, Texas|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"We do not have a full assessment of the cost, but it'll be considerably more," he said.
The damaged elementary schools were Ortiz at
Summer school, though, is not affected by the damages. Although Martinez houses elementary summer school, repairs will not interfere with classes, Ashby said. Taylor and Ortiz are closed for the summer.
"Our first concern was the safety of our personnel and those kids on campus," he said.
"For the most part, we made it through the storm pretty well compared to some people," he said. "It was wild."
About 26 buildings on campus and 20 rental properties sustained damage, from broken windows to smashed roofs, as well as about 40 university vehicles.
One of the properties,
"It could have been worse," he said, "but we definitely had a lot of damage done."
In addition to the roof damage, about 30 windows were broken and many students' cars were wrecked.
Pursley said maintenance fixed the first floor windows the night of the storm, but boarded up what couldn't be fixed before sunset.
Several other housing complexes were also wrecked by the storm.
"We are working diligently to get everything fixed," he said.
The north side of the apartment complex took the brunt of the storm, with at least 15 windows damaged and now covered with plywood.
Holes in the complex's walls can be seen from the parking lot, and damaged vehicles remain parked where they were hit.
The Residence at
As for city of
No dollar estimate has been made, as reports of damage continue to surface.
The station sustained the most damage from the storm, as Bell said, "it has been the biggest challenge to us."
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