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Alta-Aurelia Community School looks at damage after the storm

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When it comes to emergency preparedness, students and staff of Alta-Aurelia High School in Iowa said they felt ready for the storm.

But, some people didn't think it would hit the building where they were taking shelter.

"It was no big deal. We were just hoping it would blow over, so we could actually play football. It wasn't really scary cause we didn't think it would come over the school," Alta-Aurelia Junior Ben Stange said.

But, when it got worse, everyone at the Alta-Aurelia football game took shelter in the school. That's when the tornado went right overhead.

"When the storm came over, it sounded like a freight train," Stange said.

"You can hear the roof lifting and things sitting on the roof, which you've seen, are sitting on the roof in places they shouldn't be right now," Superintendent Lynn Evans said.

Some of the damage included mangled gas lines, heating-cooling units scattered around the roof, and holes in the windows.

"The school, dollar-wise, has the most significant damage that we've seen at this point," Buena Vista Emergency Management Coordinator Aimee Barritt said.

One of the major problems are the holes in the roof. About a dozen heating and cooling units have been displaced from their original locations on the roof causing gaps in the structure.

Evans said he's concerned about water going through the ceiling, but he said the damage could be much worse. Still, there's a lot of clean up before the next game.

The school has yet to finalize when they will be back open for class. The superintendent is waiting to hear from the insurance company.

We'll let you know when the students will go back to class.

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