Flagler County's Matanzas HS sees nearly $250K in hurricane damage

Palm Coast's Matanzas High School is just one of many Flagler County schools that received costly damage due to Hurricane Matthew.

"You could hear the ferocity of the storm," said Assistant Principal Ken Seybold, who slept inside the school with his family during the hurricane. “It was a scary thing, but felt safe here.”

Principal Dr. Earl Johnson said damage could be nearly $250,000.

“We had a lot of damage on the sides of the building right here," Dr. Johnson said, as he looked up at the school's roof at the main entrance.

Hurricane Matthew’s winds were strong enough to rip about 100 feet away from a chain link fence at the stadium. The winds were strong enough to bend thick metal there, too.

Water got inside the band rooms, gym, and classrooms. Officials said water cascaded from the roof, through ceiling tiles, into about six classrooms.   Dr. Johnson said they will be ready to resume classes on Wednesday.

"Be ready to learn, on Wednesday," he said with a smile, "and I hope everyone is safe.”

Everyone in the area banding together to move forward.