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Rainy weather making cleanup difficult at the Colfax public school

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COLFAX, WI (WTAQ) - The cleanup continues at the public school in Colfax in northwest Wisconsin -- but this week's rain has made the job harder.

A tornado caused an estimated $1 million in damage to the facility on Friday. The next day, more than two inches of rain dampened some of the exposed areas in classrooms.

Superintendent Bill Yingst says parts of the floor are being dried out, and only then will officials know if it can be salvaged. He's not sure how much damage there is in the gymnasium, where the floor was soaked.

Yingst says the million dollar damage estimate was mainly the result of what happened to the school's roof -- and it might be a couple months before a final damage amount is known.

In the meantime, cleanup work rolls on, with a goal of having the school ready for classes in September.

Also, a special mowing device has been brought in to remove broken glass from an athletic field. Colfax is also continuing its summer school classes in an undamaged part of the building.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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