Like schools across the city, the Marian Pritchett School in Boise’s North End got its share of storm damage. On Tuesday, school, like others in the district, was closed, but staffers were contending with a collapsed ceiling in their business classroom that had soaked a rug and damaged some equipment.
Major Bob Lloyd spent part of his afternoon shoveling ankle-deep slush in the parking lot. It was still unclear whether students would be back on Wednesday, but staffers were getting ready.
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At least 25 schools across the Treasure Valley reported some level of storm damage on Monday, when warmer weather revealed leaks and other problems previously concealed by ice and snow. On Tuesday, District Superintendent Don Coberly said that there are still some minor issues with wet carpets and some other water damage at some schools, but that crews had been working all day Tuesday and that buildings will be ready, should schools reopen Wednesday.
While damage reports continued from structures across the region Tuesday, school districts appeared to believe they had most incidents in hand.
Eric Exline, spokesman for the West Ada School District, said building repairs are complete around his district and that officials are now focused on hiring crews to remove snow and ice from school parking lots. Allison Westfall, spokeswoman from the Nampa District, said no further repairs were necessary at district schools on Tuesday.
Fallen greenhouses, a damaged cathedral, closed offices and crushed carports
Storms are still having a damaging effect throughout Boise as well as the surrounding areas and Eastern Oregon.
There was storm damage at the historic Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise as well as at an apartment complex near State Street where a carport collapsed. A rollover accident on I-84 caused an SUV to careen into a guard rail. Luckily, there were no injuries. Boise’s Warm Springs Avenue was also closed Tuesday evening because of falling rocks.
Purple Sage Farms near Middleton suffered a major loss Monday. Storms flattened five of the organic farm’s 12 greenhouses. Friends have set up a GoFundMe “greenhouse relief” fund for the farm, which opened in 1988 and supplies organic produce to many local groceries and restaurants.
The Parma Furniture Warehouse collapsed Tuesday morning.
The Malheur County Department of Human Services in Ontario is closed until further notice. Heavy snowfall has created structural safety issues with the building, say officials. They are hoping to resume normal operations as soon as they can and advising anyone who needs to report child or elder abuse to call Oregon’s statewide reporting number: 855-503-SAFE.
Good neighbors in Owyhee County
Officials in Owyhee County are asking residents to look out for their neighbors, many of whom are isolated because of the storms. Officials ask residents to contact neighbors they haven’t heard from. If they can’t reach them, they should pass contact information on to the Owyhee County Sheriff’s office at 208-495-1154.
And what about the weather?
Flood advisories are in effect for the Boise area through Wednesday because of standing water, melting snow, rainfall, and relatively warm temperatures, including an overnight low Tuesday of above freezing at 33.
There will be more rain and snow on Wednesday, but not as heavy as on Tuesday. Conditions will dry out Wednesday night into Thursday. The change will also mean a drop in temperatures. Thursday morning the high will only be around 20.