Southtowns School Reopens After Roof Torn Off by Wind

January 23, 2012 Updated Jan 23, 2012 at 10:55 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

January 23, 2012 Updated Jan 23, 2012 at 10:55 PM EDT

LAKEVIEW, NY (WKBW) - Southtowns Catholic School in Lakeview opened its door to students for the first time in nearly week after temporary repairs to a portion of the buildings roof.

A 125-foot section of the schools roof was torn off last Tuesday night during a wind storm that saw gusts reach up to the 70 mph range.

The roof was peeled off and landed in a small courtyard, damaging a small recreational area.

"It looked nothing like I thought it would look, and it was pretty destructive looking," said school principal Judith MacDonald.

The damage exposed four inches of foam insulation and beneath that a steel decking, but no damage was inflicted on the interior of the school building.

"Basically the four-inch foam insulation needs repair so in the spring what they're going to do is take off the whole roof and put in a whole new roof. Right now it's temporary."

That temporary fix is being weighted down and is expected to last through the season.