Damage to Negaunee school buses unknown

Published: Feb. 25, 2019 at 8:26 AM EST
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, the Negaunee Public Schools won't know how badly buses are damaged until later this week.

Superintendent Dan Skewis says crews are unable to get any of the 15 trapped buses out of the garage. He says the building will be a complete loss, but the district won't know the extent of the damage to buses until the roof and walls of the garage are removed. This won't happen until the middle of the week at the earliest.

The district will be meeting with its insurance adjustor Tuesday.

Skewis says districts from across the U.P. are lending Negaunee buses, so routes will be run as normal Tuesday. He said 13 buses are needed to transport students, and as of noon on Monday, 14 buses were being loaned to the school district.

"We are very grateful with the support U.P. Districts are showing," Skewis told said.

The National Weather Service office - next door to the garage - recorded 16 inches of snow Sunday, which set a new daily record for Feb. 24.

As of Monday morning, the NWS has recorded 202.2 inches of snow so far this year - that's 55.0 inches more than normal. The current snow depth is 53 inches.

In February, the NWS has recorded 87.2 inches of snow. That's 56.5 inches more than normal.