Zalma R-V classes canceled rest of week after EF1 tornado damages gymnasium

Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 2:34 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2021 at 7:07 PM CDT
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ZALMA, Mo. (KFVS) - The Zalma R-V School District is still recovering from an EF1 tornado that ripped the roof off the gymnasium on Sunday night, October 24.

School Superintendent Gerard Vandeven said engineers were at the school on Tuesday assessing the structural damage of the building.

He said area school stepped up and offered to host scheduled programs and sporting events that were previously scheduled there.

Vandeven was unsure of when the gym repairs will be finished, but said classes were canceled for the rest of the week.

A preliminary report from the National Weather Service showed EF1 tornado damage in Zalma.

The tornado reportedly touched down around 11 p.m. on Sunday, October 24 and it lasted until 11:30 p.m.

The path length was reportedly 24 miles and the tornado had an estimated 105 miles per hour peak winds.

The Zalma R-V School District’s gymnasium was damaged and campus covered in debris by storms on Sunday night.

The school district posted on its Facebook page on Monday that crews were working to restore power to the school buildings and prevent further rain damage to the gym.

Residents were asked not to go onto the school grounds until further notice because of downed power lines and debris.

According to the NWS preliminary report, other damage in the Zalma area included uprooted trees, the top half of a two-story barn destroyed and roof damage to a chicken house.

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