HISD storm damage: Schools are expected to open after rain and wind battered several campuses in the district

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The Houston Independent School District will decide Sunday whether students can return to their campuses Monday following Thursday’s severe storm.

Houston ISD Superintendent Mike Miles surveyed the damage Saturday at Sinclair Elementary, one of the district’s campuses hit hard by heavy rain and 100 mph winds. Lumber, debris and insulation were strewn outside the building’s foundation.

It was one of the four schools that suffered the most damage. Puck Elementary, Robinson Elementary and Paige Elementary were hit with broken windows and falling trees; However, officials said the buildings are structurally sound.

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As of Saturday, 77 campuses were without power. Crews worked non-stop to restore power after 136 schools were affected.

The district said its goal is to have all students back in classrooms by Monday morning, but Miles said if students’ initial campus is still without power, they will be sent to another campus.

As stated therein CenterPoint Outage Tracker ToolAs of Sunday morning, 350,029 customers were without power. Reconstruction efforts are expected to be completed by Wednesday, the company said.

The district sent out a message on Sunday that a free food and distribution drive will be held on Monday and Tuesday to support families affected by severe weather events last week.

Beginning at 10 a.m., families can visit the Prague Sunrise Center at 1417 Houston Avenue and the Morefield Sunrise Center at 5950 Selinski Road. On Tuesday, the YDC Sunrise Center will open at 9am

According to the district administration, 500 families will be provided with free food and cleaning materials per centre.

HISD is expected to announce the results for the classroom return at noon.

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