Because of scattered debris from the now-confirmed tornado striking Cherokee on July 22, the public is currently prohibited from using the Cherokee Washington High School track for walking and jogging purposes.
The WHS track and football field sustained damage in the storm, and scattered glass, fasteners, and metal shards from tornadic winds breaking off light poles are still being gleaned from the area, according to WHS officials.
Portions of the track sustained an estimated $5,000 damage after 2X4s penetrated the surface, and shattered glass and metal pieces splattered the oval.
The visitor's bleacher section also received $18,000 damage when one of the light poles crashed down on it. That is supposed to be repaired before the Braves home football game Aug. 27, according to WHS. If not, that section will be blocked off, said Cherokee Superintendent Dr. John Chalstrom.