Picking Up the Roof.. And A Lot More After Friday Night's Wind StormPosted: Updated:
Facility workers at Guardino Elementary School cleaned up the debris left behind by part of the roof Saturday, which blew off the building around 7:30 p.m. Friday night.
Luckily no one was hurt. The director of facilities said the roof, which can be seen blowing off in security camera footage in the above video, blew about 120 feet in the air before crashing into the school yard.
"We were shocked. I mean you could see the river was really wild. It was a pretty significant wind gust that hit the building," said Michael Bashaw, superintendent of Thousand Islands Central School District. "To take off one section of roof that large in one piece that quickly, that took some power."
Bashaw added that thanks to the roofer who responded almost immediately, school will be open Monday morning.
"The roofer came back this morning and has made a temporary repair that puts us in stead for school Monday morning. So we will be ready to go."
Roofs weren't the only things that were blown off Friday night, a 48 foot blue spruce couldn't withstand the winds either. Around 8 p.m. it hit the ground of Chuck and Nancy Lyttle's back yard in Watertown.
"It's a big disappointment 'cause we have had it over 30 years and it was a present for my birthday from one of my daughters so it's got a lot of sentimental value," said Chuck Lyttle.
And the family has their work cut out for them, they have to cut up the tree to remove it from the area.
Another victim of the North Country's unpredictable weather.