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Residents In Wayne, Wilson Counties Sort Through Storm Damage

Posted March 9, 2005

— The clean-up continues after a storm brought heavy winds and rain across parts of North Carolina.

Strong winds ripped the roofs and siding from several homes in Wilson County. Five homes in a neighborhood are destroyed while many others need major repairs.

An army of workers spent most of Wednesday at Wayne Country Day School. Tuesday's heavy wind and rain ripped off a portion of the roof, causing damage to several classrooms.

The storm gave the students a scare, but they were prepared.

"We have been through some drills -- tornado drills, fire drills, so they knew where to go," headmaster Eddie Radford said.

Many parents are helping with recovery efforts. They are donating materials such as storage pods while others jumped right in after the storm.

"We all started moving books and equipment to dryer areas of the school. A lot of students were helping. Everyone was pitching in," parent Ross Wilson said.

Wayne Country Day School is closed for the rest of the week. The plan is to have the roof finished by Monday.

The National Weather Service sent a crew to check out the Wilson County damage Wednesday. They said it was strong winds, not a tornado that hit that area.


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