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After tornadoes: Mountain View Elementary makes progress

By Katherine Kington

MANCHESTER, GA  (WTVM) - Two months ago, deadly tornadoes ripped through parts of Alabama and Georgia, and one area suffering storm damage on April 27th was Manchester, Georgia where Mountain View Elementary had to shut down. 

However, a look at the school gives new hope.

Nearly 50% of Mountain View Elementary was torn away, damaged by flooding water and left without a trace of electricity after 2 tornados swept through Manchester, but Billy Browning with Tarnish Construction Company said much progress has been made.

In these 2 months, we have replaced approximately 70% of the roof and 80% of the ceiling grid," said Browning.

Mountain View Elementary is expected to be open and finished by August 1st with kids starting their first day of school just 10 days later.  Browning said they have more than just their work cut out for them.

"Complete roof, all new ceilings, all new carpet back into it got wet. Had to take everything that got wet because of mildew all the walls stained with water, the light fixtures."

Browning estimated the damage is anywhere between $ 4 and $5 million.  Stronger metal has been used in the ceiling grid, just in case another tornado comes through, but everyone is just thankful the children weren't in the school

"It's going to update the school and everything and it's just thankful no kids were injured in the school and everything with the wind damage through the school," said Browning.

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