Clean-up underway from wind damage in Manitowoc County


MANITOWOC COUNTY - Clean up is underway in parts of Manitowoc County after high winds Saturday caused damage to Cleveland Elementary School.

High winds ripped away a canopy covering the front of the school in the village of Cleveland.

Crews spent the day Sunday repairing the damaged roof.

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," said Joe Sheehan, Sheboygan Area School District's superintendent.

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

Sheehan says the school has been inspected and it is safe for all 166 students to return on Monday.

The superintendent says he hopes both classrooms will be up and running by the end of the week.

Despite the soaked carpet and some waterlogged textbooks, the school already has a temporary roof in place and classes will resume Monday.

Damage from the storm was not just confined to the school. A tree fell onto the roof of the Hoffman family's home in Cleveland.

Conner Hoffman, 10, 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," said Hoffman.

Conner's father, Joe Hoffman, wasn't home at the time but says he's glad no one was hurt.

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

Ben Senkpeil saw wind rip the roof off his trailer.

"At one point when I was hunched down and kind of trying to see what was going on, the wind was so strong, it was a matter of either I was going to watch my family die or something was going to happen to me," said Senkpeil.

Senkpeil and his family weren't hurt but he says that kind of storm is something he never wants to see again.

Mother Nature also sent Ted Behling's shed 500 feet down the road.

"Winds, I guess, came up for about 60 seconds and lifted the whole thing up, probably about 20 feet up in the air because the lady across the street saw it coming towards her house," said Behling.

He plans on buying a new shed.

Things like this just don’t happen everyday," Behling said.

The National Weather Service says 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," said National Weather Service meteorologist, Jeff Last.

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