Iowa Braille School campus could be without power for a week

BY DI STAFF | JULY 13, 2011 7:20 AM

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An official at the Iowa Braille School, which was severely damaged during Monday’s storms, said power may not be restored to the campus for as long as a week.

The news came when Superintendent Patrick Clancy offered a brief update to the state Board of Regents during a telephone conference Tuesday.

Clancy said the storm hit campus between 4 and 5 a.m. Monday, taking the roof completely off of the Old Main Building. All buildings on campus were damaged, but Clancy said that damage was minimal. The campus also lost approximately 100 or more trees.

Despite the damage, he thanked the regents, the University of Iowa, and Iowa State University for their assistance during the aftermath.

“The UI’s presence on campus during this response has been extraordinary,” Clancy said. “And in 30 hours, the number of things that have been accomplished to begin recovery is significant.”

Clancy said he and other officials are hopeful they will be able to use the Main Building during the interim until recovery, and no one was injured during the evacuation.

— by Hayley Bruce

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