Posted: Apr 1, 2013 1:50 PM by Rachel Cole - email@example.com
Updated: Apr 1, 2013 6:57 PM
BENAVIDES -- Grapefruit and baseball sized hail left its mark on buildings, cars and homes overnight. The small community of Benavides saw much of the damage near the elementary school. As a result, classes were delayed this morning.
The hail storm left a huge mess for maintenance workers, plus, the Benavides school district is dealing with busted bus windshields, shattered windows and cracked pipes that need repair.
"A lot of things we were concerned about here, were windows and windshields, whether we were going to have transportation early in the morning," Superintendent Doctor Daniel Ceballos said.
Doctor Ceballos says the damage had the district delay students an hour in order to allow time for everyone to do a little cleanup.
"A lot of our kids are helping out at home, trying to clear up the debris at home and my concern is really the safety of the kids," Doctor Ceballos said.
Safety of students is number one, then hoping the AC units on the roof didn't get too roughed up was next on the list.
"Were still trying to look at the AC units because currently it doesn't look like our AC units are working, our AC units are on top of the roof, so were concerned that maybe those were damaged with the hail storm," he said.
Along with damage to the inside of the staff building. The majority of the windows were cracked and broken, the superintendent says they can still hold staff meetings in here if necessary, but until the windows can be replaced, they're going to cover them with wood.
He says they're lucky that building took the worst hit because star testing began for students today and they didn't want to cancel classes due to hail damage.
"They asked us to monitor the situation, see how many kids come in, there is a make up day on Friday, what were trying to see is how many of our kids are going to show up today," Doctor Ceballos said.
He says they're thankful students were on campus during the storm and say there is no estimate on the cost of damages yet.
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