GALLIA COUNTY, OH (WOWK) – A community is working to clean up after strong winds on Saturday blew the roof off of a middle school in Gallia County.
According to community members, insulation blew blocks away from Gallia Academy Middle School in Gallipolis on Saturday after part of the school’s roof was blown off by the high winds that swept through the Tri-State.
Due to the mess caused by the incident, the community and school officials met Sunday afternoon to clean up the area and start repairs on the roof.
Officials say they believe the roof wrapped itself around the school’s chimney. They also think that is what prevented the entire roof from flying off in the winds.
“Earlier today, people were out in their yards saying, ‘Don’t worry about our yard, we’ve got it.’ And just even that community support saying, ‘We’ll handle our own, go somewhere else where someone maybe can’t,'” said Lisa Jo Blakeman, principal of GAMS.
School officials said on Facebook that due to the “unfortunate weather related issues” the school would be closed for students, faculty and staff on Monday, March 27. GAMS students will still be attending a track meet on Monday, but will be meeting at the high school at 3 p.m. to leave for the meet, officials said.