Tornado Damage to School Means Uncertainty for Students

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LAKE CITY, Iowa -- Students and teachers in Lake City are headed back to school Tuesday, but not for classes. Sunday's EF1 tornado blew off the roof at South Central Calhoun High School.

The winds broke out the windows and rain flooded some classrooms.

Tuesday, teachers will pack up their rooms and students will clean out their lockers.

About 150 people took cover in the basement Sunday night while the storm blew through town.

“It was about 42 square blocks that had various- anywhere from cosmetic to minor to moderate to major damage. The school took the real brunt end of it,” said Tornado Incident Commander Steve O’Connor.

Gov. Terry Branstad and school leaders say they are working with the state education department to discuss what will happen for the student the remainder of this school year.

Sunday’s graduation ceremony is being moved to Rockwell City.


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