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School fixing summer storm damage before classes start

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Crews fix the roof at Cleveland Elementary School in Cedar Rapids. Crews fix the roof at Cleveland Elementary School in Cedar Rapids.
Storms damaged the stage at Jefferson High School meaning the floors have to be replaced. Storms damaged the stage at Jefferson High School meaning the floors have to be replaced.
CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Summer is winding down and kids are taking advantage of the free-time before school starts back-up.

"I want summer to go longer," said Skyler Phelps, who lives in Cedar Rapids.

While kids aren't ready for school to start, neither is the Cedar Rapids Community School District. In the next two weeks, the district needs to finish fixing up schools after some were damaged during strong storms that ripped through eastern Iowa this summer.

"We'll be ready for the first day of school but there might be some minor inconveniences with some of the different things that we have going on," said Rob Kleinsmith, Building and Grounds Manager. 

You can still see the dirt on the floor where flooding caused problems at Jefferson High School. Crews have torn up and are replacing a damaged stage floor there. Part of the roof of Cleveland Elementary was ripped off, causing parts of that school to get rained on. Washington High School also saw damage.

All the damage is costing a few million dollars.Some will be covered by insurance and the district is working with FEMA to cover the cost of some of the rest.

"We're just lucky that we didn't get a third storm because I think that would have been very crucial to getting the schools ready on time," said Kleinsmith.
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