Lindsborg schools damaged by storms

Lindsborg school damage (KSN Photo)


LINDSBORG, Kansas – All throughout Lindsborg, the sight is the same.

Trees were uprooted and limbs were knocked down throughout the streets.

“When I woke up at 6:30, 7 o’clock, I went out in town and limbs were down everywhere. Lucky enough though, that around town, there’s not a lot of property damage. There’s a little bit here and there, but for the most part, just like at this house, limbs have just fallen on the ground,” said Todd Thomas, Lindsborg.

Despite the storm bringing some much needed rain, the real issue was the wind that picked up afterwards.

“Just straight line winds that just blew unrelenting, so I don’t know, 50, 60 they say maybe up to 80 miles per hour winds,” said Brad Shogren, Lindsborg.

Around the area, plenty of people were out helping their neighbors get things cleaned up.

“I own a big chainsaw, not a lot of people around here do, so I thought I’d come out and help out.”

Thursday morning’s storm did leave a significant mark on one of the town’s schools.

“We lost the entire roof on the band building in the middle school,” said Glen Suppes, USD 400 Superintendent.

Officials say the damage to the school will cost around $50,000 to fix.

They’re grateful for several factors, first that school is out, but also that the wind came after the rain.

“We didn’t have any water damage inside the building either, and the crews are working very quickly to get it water tight before the evening,” said Suppes.

No one was injured in the storm, but there were some broken power poles.

However, power was restored relatively quickly to those affected.

As far as the financial impact, they’re still waiting on those total numbers, but they say they expect the majority of that cost to come through tree removal.

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