Wind damages roof at St. John’s school

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Students were sent home early Thursday after strong winds damaged the roof of a St. John’s school.

Crews were repairing the roof above the theatre at Holy Heart High School Thursday afternoon. Strong winds damaged the roof. Students were sent home earlier in the day as a precautionary measure.

Wind managed to get under the roof membrane of the theatre at Holy Heart High School on Bonaventure Avenue, causing it to rise. A spokesman for the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District described the material as similar to shingles, but longer than those on the roof of a residential home.

Students were sent home as a precautionary measure, and the spokesman said the school expects to reopen Friday.

Crews were already working Thursday afternoon on repairs. The spokesman said winds were initially too strong to begin work when crews first arrived. It was deemed unsafe to raise materials onto the roof to begin repairs.

Strong winds started late Wednesday in St. John’s and persisted into Thursday. Environment Canada forecast gusts as high as 110 kilometres per hour for early Thursday afternoon. By 4 p.m., winds were reportedly gusting below the criteria for warnings.

Organizations: Holy Heart High School, Environment Canada

Geographic location: Bonaventure Avenue

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