- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lincoln school officials say hail and rain from a storm last week caused extensive damage to a middle school that’s under construction.

The May 9 storm punched fist-sized holes into 80,000 square feet of new roofing at the future Moore Middle School, the Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/203w9E0 ) reported. It received the most damage among schools in the Lincoln Public Schools district.

Hail also came through the school’s insulation while rain poured through still-open windows. Construction workers patched up some of the holes with tar, but district officials said Tuesday the damaged roof will need to be replaced as it covers a third of the total space.

Other schools in Lincoln received minor damage. At Wysong Elementary, which is also being built, water crept into spaces where windows have not yet been installed. Kloefkorn Elementary also had minor leaks and some water damage.

Scott Wieskamp, the district’s Facilities and Maintenance Director, said insurance will cover what he estimates to be a six-figure damage cost. He also expects overtime costs be covered in order to keep the project running on time. Moore is scheduled to open in 2017.

“My comment to the contractors is the end date doesn’t change,” he said.

But Wieskamp said without the money to pay workers overtime to replace the roof, the damage could delay construction on Moore for 30 to 45 days.

Insurance adjusters will assess the damage next week.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com


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