Severe Damage Suffered by Some Local Businesses

Strong winds swept through Brazos County Wednesday morning with a vengeance.

Several classrooms were damaged at College Station Middle School when part of the roof was blown off and a College Station veterinary clinic was severely damaged.

Police called the owners of the Veterinary Medical Center on Rock Prairie Road around 3 a.m. Wednesday. The vet clinic's roof had been blown off by strong winds and thrown across the street.

"I had an inkling that something serious had passed through" owner Johan Nieuwoudt said. "I didn't realize it was this serious though."

Insulation was splattered across the outside of the entire business, making for a winter-like morning.

Mother nature's wrath was evident on the outside, but everything on the inside was spared.

"The first thing we did was check on the animals," Nieuwoudt said "We had about 10 animals in boarding and six hospitalized on fluids and in intensive care so that was the most immediate concern. They were ok."

The animals were moved to an unaffected area in the building.

Down the street, the College Station school district had its share of weather related problems.

"I don't recall anything in my 10 years in CSISD where we've had weather damage a school," Superintendent Eddie Coulson said.

Police noticed the damage around 4 a.m. Wednesday and crews were quick to respond.

"Most of it was a few windows blown out and then some other roof damage, but fortunately for us it wasn't widespread it was just limited to a couple of classrooms."

Students were moved to unaffected classrooms and school went on as usual.

At the vet clinic, owners say it could be a few more days before they are back to normal, but wicked weather is not getting the best of them.

"These are temporary things that we can always replace, it's not the end of the world at all," Nieuwoudt said.


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