Hail causes leaks at school

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By David Giuliani

Recent hailstorms have taken a toll on West Las Vegas Middle School.

The storms, which occurred on the last two Wednesdays, caused leaks in the roof at the school, which means the West district will have to replace ceiling tiles, Superintendent Jim Abreu said this week.

Several inches of hail fell on parts of Las Vegas, particularly in its central areas, in the first storm. The buildup of hail apparently plugged up drains on the middle school roof, which caused the leakage, Abreu said.

“The roof was compromised because of the hail,” he said.

The lecture hall and others parts of the school have been affected. Fortunately for the district, students have been let out for the summer.

So far, there have been no reports of mold as the result of the wetness, Abreu said.

In March, several rooms in the middle school were damaged when a city sewer line backed up. This problem also affected houses in the area of Independence Avenue, Abreu said.

West filed a claim with the city to cover the costs of the cleanup of the school, and it has yet to hear any arguments from the city, he said.