Argonia schools working to cleanup after storms

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ARGONIA, Kansas – Crews were busy Tuesday fixing power poles that were snapped in half outside of Argonia High School.

On Monday night, wind gusting near 70 mph swept through the Sumner County town.

Both the high school and the grade school lost their roofs with pieces scattered around the block.

“You know with the wood floor, it’s just absorbed the water.”

Superintendent Julie Dolley surveyed the damage to the gym as water dripped around her.

Inside the high school, floors are covered with puddles of water, and it’s even worse over by the grade school where nearly every single classroom took on some damage.

“The storm brought in a lot of rain last night, and then after that intitial storm blew through, it rained again last night,” said Dolley.

School is scheduled to start in a month on August 22nd.  School officials aren’t sure if they’ll be ready to open in month.

A block away, Bill Wescoat vacuums the glass out of his car.

“It was sitting out here in the driveway, and the hail hit it so hard it just blew right through it. Looked like a shot gun.”

While the schools were hit the hardest, damage is all over town with several trees down and windows shattered by the storm.

“Stuff started flying by, I thought it was going to take the house, scared me pretty good,” said Wescoat.

A scary evening, but luckily, no one was hurt. Now, folks in Argonia are cleaning up the mess left behind by a powerful storm.

The school board in Argonia will meet next month to assess the damage and figure out if they’ll be able to open the schools on time.


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