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J.R. Harris Elementary Struck by Lightning. Other HISD Schools Have Water, Water, Everywhere.

Today’s weather is wreaking the proverbial freaking havoc on the Houston Independent School District and its schools. One has already been struck by lightning (good thing classes aren’t in session yet) and others are leaking. At one elementary they’re trying to save textbooks by plying them on top of furniture.

Read on for the rundown from HISD spokesman Terry Abbott:

Update from HISD at 1:20 p.m.

Patterson Elementary -- Principal reports that they have placed textbooks and supplies on top of furniture to lessen damage. Water in the school and in teachers' cars outside.

Eastwood Academy- Water leaks in the cafeteria

Austin High – Water leaks in the gymnasium

Gallegos Elementary -- Leaks in the office and a hallway

82-year-old Jackson Middle School (which would get more than $13 million in renovations under the proposed new bond) --Water coming in to the building through cracks in the building.

Tijerina Elementary -- Water in room three

Carrillo Elementary -water in room B104

Cage Elementary -no air conditioning in the main building, leaks in other parts of the building.

Briscoe Elementary - roof leaks near library

Burnet Elementary - various leaks through building

And from his noon report:

Jones High School, Worthing High and Thomas Middle, all in south Houston, report high water.

In east Houston: Patterson Elementary, Bellfort Academy and DeZavala elementary report water coming into the schools.

The power is off at Harper Alternative School.

Officials report J.R. Harris Elementary in east Houston was struck by lightning. There were no injuries.

-- Margaret Downing

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