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CR Schools Assessing Storm Damage

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Count teenager Joshua Furrow among those taken by surprise Monday night.

It's kinda surprising, Furrow says. I didn't think the storm yesterday was going to get this bad.

For many like him, it led to a lot of cleaning up for most of the early morning.

We have two big trees right in front of our yard, Furrow says.

However, that morning gave way to an easy afternoon of hoops at Cleveland School just across the street from his house.

As he works on his jump shots at Cleveland School, the work at the school is just beginning.

From about 12:30 last night to about 6 this morning the elements kept coming into our building, says Rob Kleinsmith, Buildings and Grounds Manager with the Cedar Rapids Community School District.

The damage on the outside is noticeable - from a torn up roof to downed trees. The damage on the inside is considerable including ceiling tile, breaker panel boxes, teacher supplies, computers, and copiers

The estimated price tags on all this anywhere between $50,000 and $100,000.

That price could climb even higher once we get our insurance adjuster in here, Kleinsmith says.

At nearby Jefferson High, the damage to their baseball field is heavy as well.

The fence is folded like aluminum foil, light poles were snapped like tooth picks, and batting cages tattered and torn.

The estimated cost to fix the lights here at the J-Hawks field - $50,000.

With the rest of the damage the fencing, it could be up to $75,000, Kleinsmith says.

He says with the storm season in its infancy, damage like this may only be the beginning.

We are concerned about storm season. Mother Nature brings it, we just have to deal with it.

Kleinsmith says they do have temporary roofing on Cleveland School, as they brace for more storms this week

They're hoping to have the school back in order in a month, meaning no delays to the upcoming school year.
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