Murphysboro HS auditorium brought down after storm damage

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. — Murphysboro High School will not have an auditorium for the foreseeable future.

Storms that rolled through the Murphysboro area last Monday caused the auditorium’s roof to collapse. No injuries were reported. A few days before that, an air conditioning and heating unit on that roof dropped three feet.

School Superintendent Chris Grode told the Southern Illinoisan the auditorium walls were taken down Tuesday because the weight of the caved-in roof and residual materials were creating a strain on the standing walls, creating a security issue.

The school district is currently investigating the roof failure and is looking at the roof’s framework for answers. Trusses in the roof’s framework are being removed so the district’s insurer can look at them. Insurers also want to know how much the air conditioning and heating unit weighed that caused the roof to drop.

The district is looking at using the middle school for the high school musical this year.