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Picking up the pieces after Manitowoc County storm damage


VILLAGE OF CLEVELAND, WI (WTAQ) - Residents in parts of Manitowoc County are cleaning up after high winds damaged an elementary school.

A canopy covering the front of Cleveland Elementary School was ripped apart, and crews spent Sunday making repairs.

Water also flooded two classrooms causing damage to the carpet, books and other materials.

“Considering what happened we’re lucky it was confined to those two classrooms,” Joe Sheehan, Sheboygan Area School District’s superintendent, tells FOX 11.

The school is in southern Manitowoc County, but is owned and operated by the Sheboygan Area School District.

Sheehan says the school has been inspected and is safe for all 166 students to return on Monday. The superintendent hopes both classrooms will be up and running by the end of the week.

The school has a temporary roof in place and classes resumed Monday.

Meantime, other residents in the village of Cleveland are also dealing with fallout from the storm. A tree fell onto the roof of the Hoffman family’s home in Cleveland.

10-year-old Conner Hoffman says he was in his living room when he heard a loud boom.

“I thought it was thunder. I looked out the window and I see that my neighbors' tree snapped down and then I see branches coming over the roof,” Hoffman told FOX 11.

On County Road XX in the Town of Meeme, damaged trees and tossed shingles litter some open land.

In the town of Meme along County Road XX a trail of twisted trees and shingles are scattered across open land.

According to the National Weather Service, straight-line winds moving at speeds of 65 to 75 miles per hour caused the damage in Manitowoc County.

“Most thunderstorms have some gusty winds associated with them. Sometimes strong thunderstorms or severe thunderstorms have what we call down bursts which are straight-line winds that come out of a thunderstorm and can do severe damage and can sometimes look like damage caused by a tornado,” National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Last tells FOX 11.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11).