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Winds rip roof from MSU-Northern building

Winds rip roof from MSU-Northern building
Posted at 3:28 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 17:28:20-05

HAVRE — Work is underway to assess the damage to the roof of the library at MSU-Northern in Havre after Wednesday’s windstorm.

Video from Frankie Bignell shows the roof over the main entrance to the library being ripped off.

University Relations director Jim Potter said Thursday metal fasteners on the roof are believed to have failed. Thankfully, no one was inside when the damage happened.

Staff on campus noticed the roof was likely about to come off so they evacuated the building.

"School starts next Tuesday for us, so that gives us a few days to try to try to patch it, fix it,” Potter said. "Because it's just this entryway area, we think that we should be able to do a very safe, temporary patch.”

When a patch could be made, how much it will cost, and when the roof could be fully repaired had not been determined Thursday.

The university was hoping to use a drone to assess the damage, but as of early Thursday afternoon, the wind was still too strong to fly the drone.

NOTE: Potter provided an update on Thursday afternoon and said that after further inspection, it was the roof's "waterproof membrane" that came off, not the roof itself.

The winds on Wednesday caused damage across the region.