Iroquois wind storm sweeps away part of high school roof

Foam was strewn through the Seaway District High School track area — among other places — after an early morning thunderstorm with high winds in Iroquois, Aug. 12. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Foam insulation scattered, trees knocked down, truck crushed

Nelson Zandbergen
Nation Valley News

IROQUOIS — A sudden thunderstorm and high winds ripped through Iroquois early yesterday morning, dumping a deluge of rain while scattering old insulation swept off the roof of Seaway District High School.

Crews from Bourgon Construction spent the day collecting yellow foam insulation chunks strewn in neighbouring yards along College Street and beyond. Bourgon has been working on capital upgrades at the school this summer, erecting a more heavily insulated roof on top of the existing structure. The 4 a.m. storm affected an original section of the school’s roof not yet reached by the ongoing project, according to a worker on site. He said the wind lifted an old membrane and took hold of the foam insulation beneath it. The styrofoam-like substance was also strewn about the school yard and pressed up against the surrounding chain link fence.

The worker said the school’s interior absorbed some water damage as well, mostly limited to soggy ceiling tiles.

“I was sitting in front of the window when it happened,” said Randy Saucier, a neighbour whose home overlooks the school track. “I heard the thundering and lightning, so I got up … and all of a sudden I couldn’t see out the window anymore, it was all water. I saw shadows of things flying through the air. It was wild.”

A porta-potty blew over and a temporary metal fence separating Saucier’s home from a house under construction next door shifted a few feet, he said.

“It was quite the mess. I actually moved away from the window because I could see things flying through the air.”

Saucier reported that township workers arrived to clear his road of insulation debris earlier in the day. Nearby Charles Street was also temporary closed by fallen branches, he said. “Luckily, I don’t think anyone was hurt.”

Some trees came down on the Iroquois Golf Course during the storm, as did a pine tree that crushed a pick-up truck length-wise at a Church Street residence.

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


A downed tree on the Iroquois Golf Course. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News



A broken tree on the Iroquois waterfront. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


The remains of a Church Street pine tree, and the remains of the pickup truck it fell on. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

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