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Strong winds leave damage in Shiawassee County

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(04/14/14) - Strong winds over the weekend left behind a lot of damage in Shiawassee County.

Some crews have been cleaning up the mess since Saturday night. Others got started on Monday.

Shiawassee County residents say they just can't see to get a break. Last year, they were under a state of emergency because of an ice storm. Over the weekend, they had to deal with strong winds that left them without power in many places.

In Byron schools, the roof is in pieces after strong winds tore it from the gymnasium.

The middle and the high school share the gym. It's the area that joins both facilities. The superintendent says the gym is at least 30 years old.

The superintendent  said there was also damage to the floor, possibly some structural damage. There was also damage to the heating systems at the middle school which are roof top units. They were blown off.

Classes were canceled and the superintendent isn't sure when students will be able to return to school.

In other parts of the county, the wind was so strong that it caused severe damage to a barn that ABC12 learned was recently built.

There's also a lot of trees down in other areas and many buildings are still having to deal with the damage.

"We were cleaning up, you know, we had the ice storm back in November, we've had so many trees down, we've just been constantly cutting and then we come out here the other day and it got knocked down again. Seems like running around. It never ends. I thought I was about ready to work on landscape, now I get to do this for about another two weeks. At least I got my helpers today, Durand let them out of school so at least I got a crew," said Paul Owens, who was cleaning up with his children.

The people who live in Byron say they're disappointed because this isn't the first time their small town has been hit. In 2012, a fire tore through its downtown historical district.

"It's just crazy with the schools all being down, Byron sure didn't need it anymore, but nobody does. Hopefully they can rebuild and redo things," said Tammy Gilbert, Byron resident.

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