Storm Damage

Dresden High and Bus and Maintenance Garage Sustain Damage
Posted on 05/04/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Dresden High and Bus and Maintenance Garage Sustain DamageThe early morning storms which felled trees and power lines causing power outages across the county forced Weakley County Schools Director Randy Frazier to close schools on Tuesday. A tour of facilities with department heads disclosed the greatest damage occurred at Dresden High School and the district’s Bus and Maintenance Garage.

At the garage, a power line was downed in the drive, doors were torn off and found mangled several feet away, and the roof suffered minimal damage, Frazier reported. Ron Byington, transportation director, and his staff were on the scene as the sun rose to begin to address the situation.

Issues at Dresden High School are extensive. Two light poles are down at the football field. A storage shed roof was blown across the road. A tree was uprooted. Roof damage meant three classrooms flooded and the water flowed across the hallway and seeped into the library carpet.

Maintenance Director Wayne Reynolds and his staff had a tarp in place and were in the process of vacuuming the water by midmorning.

After receiving notice that power restoration at Dresden Elementary and Middle School might be delayed until evening, Nutrition Director Trista Snider and the cafeteria staff assessed the refrigeration and freezer capacity. Snider put out a call for a refrigeration unit and McCartney Produce responded. Staff, joined by School Board member John Hatler, removed all items from the units and secured them in the borrowed cooler.

While Sharon and Dresden High were also without power, it was restored before any loss of product.

Power line poles were toppled at the Weakley County Schools Personal Development Center causing wifi service to be down for all facilities.

“We are mindful that there has been a loss of life and want to extend our sympathies. When faced with a natural disaster such as this, we want to keep our circumstances in perspective,” noted Frazier. “While we do have problems that must be addressed, we are grateful that we have an excellent staff who have been on the scene and securing facilities.”

He anticipates that schools will be opened once again on Wednesday barring any further issues caused by expected rains this evening. Dresden High will rearrange a few class locations but all will resume.
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