Crews repairing Whitworth’s summer storm damage before classes

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 26 at 8:27 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.  --  Nearly a month after massive storms caused widespread damage at Whitworth University, officials said they are still making repairs.

The efforts come just a few days before school begins.

Employees at Whitworth said they have been repaving roads and cleaning up the school's landscape.

"(Repairs) have been ongoing since the night of the storm and they're still working on it now," one Whitworth employee told KREM 2 News.   

According to workers, storms knocked over more than 70 pine trees.

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School workers said most of the destruction happened when trees fell on top of four buildings, including Whitworth's auditorium.

Whitworth's employees said many buildings are safe enough for students to attend this fall.

Workers said they are now rethinking about planting certain types of trees that are prone to falling in the wind.

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