Storms Cause Flooding, Damage In Several Communities

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August 24, 2010

In Hutchinson, heavy rain caused flooded classrooms. In Macksville, the storms flooded roads. In Hays, high winds downed trees and damaged buildings.

"August is usually dry and we've already had our yearly quota I think," said Macksville resident Jerry Paden.

Macksville schools canceled class for the day as roads closed, impassable for cars and buses.

"Most of our kids live out in the country, and the roads a lot of places are underwater. And we have a lot of teachers that drive in," said Paden.

At Fort Hays State University, class was in session. But outside, crews worked to clean up downed trees and restore power. The campus Administration Building remained closed after lightening caused electrical damage. High winds also blew a portion of the roof off one residence hall.

In Hutchinson, a courtyard flooded at Faris Elementary School, forcing water into some classrooms. Staff reported to work to help clean up, while students stayed home for the day.

"We want to make sure that the kids are safe. you know we wouldn't want kids coming into a wet environment we move staff away from it," said Hutchinson Public Schools Public Information Officer Ray Hemman.

Hutchinson schools expected students to be able to return to class tomorrow. No injuries were reported from the storm.

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