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Weather rips awning off Putnam elementary school

By From staff reports

Severe weather ripped a 50-foot metal awning off the front of a Putnam County elementary school Tuesday morning.

Valerie Fowler, principal at West Teays Elementary in Hurricane for the last seven years, said the awning came off the building at about 9:30 a.m. It runs along the front of the building with the purpose of shielding students from the elements as they board or disembark from the bus.

"Some teachers were taking their students to another part of the building and they witnessed," Fowler said in a phone interview.

No one was injured or endangered by the event, Fowler said. Maintenance officials were called and arrived from Winfield within 10 minutes. Staff members moved their vehicles in the meantime, just to make sure the awning wouldn't blow into them and cause any damage.

The awning was installed last year, and the repair could be costly, Fowler thought.

"We'll be able to save a little bit of it, but mostly we will not," Fowler said. "It's a pretty long awning though. I would say a good five to six thousand dollars."

She wasn't sure when the full repair would take place.


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