Hills Chapel roof replacement to be completed by start of school

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

HILLS CHAPEL – A roof replacement project at Hills Chapel School has been extended by damage resulting from straight line winds that blew through the community last weekend.
The new roof structure was part of the summer’s maintenance and upkeep schedule for the school, and the project was under way by Master Craft Builders of Booneville.
However, a sudden storm in that Prentiss County community carrying high-velocity winds blew about one-and-a-half inches of rain under the new roof structure at the front entrance, said school board member Steve Taylor.
“They were constructing a roof with steel tresses and I-beams that were being bolted over the existing roof,” Taylor said.
The speed and volume of the rainfall caused more of a problem for the structure, which had not been completed, than was anticipated, he said.
Ceiling tiles in one classroom, a hallway, the cafeteria and principal and counselor offices will need to be replaced, and several inches of water flooded the floors.
“The floors will need to be stripped and waxed,” Taylor said.
Emergency Management Agency Director Ralph Lauderdale said he was aware of the severe weather in the Hills Chapel area on Saturday, but had not received a report of the school damage, and no other structure damage has been reported.
“After Master Craft got everything cleaned up, we saw the damage wasn’t nearly as much as we thought, so everything should still be finished before school starts,” Taylor said.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.