Severe thunderstorm causes roof damage to Columbiana Middle School (update)

Rain drenched a classroom at Columbiana Middle School Tuesday after winds blew a portion of the roof off a section of the building. (NWS Birmingham Photo)

A strong band of thunderstorms that moved through Central Alabama Tuesday afternoon caused damage to the roof of Columbiana Middle School.

Shelby County Schools spokeswoman Cindy Warner reports that strong winds caused roofing damage over a small section of the building around 2 p.m. today and immediate repairs are needed. The school is currently making arrangements with the Shelby County Facilities Department to make the necessary repairs. An emergency for repairs may be declared on the March Agenda.

At least two classrooms sustained water damage after high winds ripped the roof off a portion of the building. The winds were estimated to have reached between 70-80 mph.

Non one was injured during the incident.


Release from Shelby County Schools Spokeswoman Cindy Warner:

"Columbiana Middle School experienced high winds today at approximately{}2:00 pm. The winds caused a forty by fifteen foot section of roofing to be peeled back affecting two classrooms. All students were evacuated by a teacher to a safety zone and were assessed for injuries by the onsite registered nurse and required no emergency medical attention. The affected area has been inspected by a structural engineer; other than roofing material being blown away no structural damage occurred. {}A regular schedule will be possible tomorrow for all students with one classroom being temporarily relocated. It is anticipated that repair work will begin immediately and completed in two to three weeks."