Clean Up After the Storm

By Gary McLain

Christmas break came a bit early to Milo Adventist Academy this past December when heavy snow hit the school, began to thaw, then froze. The process was repeated over the next few days with the addition of heavy rain. The result was great amounts of runoff water trapped on the roofs and in gutters, preventing water from flowing off the roofs as designed, and instead causing it to find its way into seven of the buildings on Milo’s campus. Thankfully, no one was injured during the storm, but now many of Milo's roofs are covered in tarps, waiting until summer when repairs can be made.

The academy started school as planned after Christmas break on January 4. Things are a little different on campus, however. Furniture and desks stacked here, no carpet there, and those who didn’t have roommates before have roommates now. But school is carrying on. A disaster recovery team has torn out wet sheet rock and carpet. The areas have been dried and sprayed to prevent mold and mildew from forming, but 41 of the 150 dorm rooms are in need of repairs in both girls' and boys' dorms.

Principal Randy Thornton, said that, "Assessed damages now total more than $1,104,000. Five (5) additional roofs were not covered by insurance, which could cost another $300,000-$400,000 to repair, for total damages in excess of $1.5 million. Adventist Risk Management is covering just under $1 million in losses. The  Oregon Conference has committed more than $100,000 in support and we have received just over $46,000 in donations directed to storm damage repairs."

If you can help financially, or volunteer to help with repairs such as drywall, roofing, or flooring, contact Principal Thornton at or 541-825-3200. You can also donate online at