18 forced to leave elementary school due to monsoon damage - Tucson News Now

18 forced to leave elementary school due to monsoon damage

(Source: TFD) (Source: TFD)
(Source: TFD) (Source: TFD)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Monsoon storms caused heavy damage to a local elementary school, leading to evacuations Friday.

Eighteen people were shuttled out of Van Buskirk Elementary School after the roof and at least five classrooms sustained water damage. Officials with the Tucson Fire Department said downed power lines blocked the front of the school, but no injuries were reported.

According to a TFD news release, today's monsoon storms caused damage all over Tucson between 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. The department responded to eight calls for wires down, four calls for arcing wires, three calls for fire alarms, one reported swift water rescue call, a stranded motorist and several calls for multiple power poles down  near South Park Ave and East Fair Street, as well as South Campbell Ave and Irvington Road.

The Tucson Fire Department reminds the public to assume all downed power lines are energized and should not be moved. They should be reported as soon as possible.

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