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Mississippi High School Facilities Damaged by Storm



Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, Miss.) junior Taylor Braley's truck was tossed from the school's parking lot onto the baseball field during Sunday's tornado. / Submitted photo, via the Hattiesburg American

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Lamar County Schools superintendent Ben Burnett said a tornado that touched down in West Hattiesburg Sunday afternoon caused significant damage to Oak Grove High School's football and baseball facilities as well as to the school building.

"I can tell you that the football field house looks to be mostly gone," he said. "The new (indoor) baseball facility is gone. The concession stand for the baseball field and the baseball field itself is just a wreck," Burnett said.

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"The school itself looks good from the outside, but we've got multiple roof issues around the whole campus."

Burnett said several students and staff members were on campus when the tornado struck, including the Oak Grove girls basketball team and the yearbook staff. He added, though, that no one suffered any injuries.

"Everybody's safe that we know of," he said. "So it could be worse."

Burnett said he'll have to wait until Monday morning to fully assess the damage.

"We're going to have to wait for the sun to come up in the morning and do a district-wide assessment," he said. "After that, we'll start cleaning up and rebuilding."

 

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