Brunswick daycare damaged by tornado scrambles to rebuild, forced to move to a remote site

BRUNSWICK, Ohio - Brunswick Prep Academy will be moving to a temporary site after a surprise tornado on June 23 caused heavy damage to the daycare on Center Road.

The owner, Stephanie Roksandich, will be using Rise and Shine Preschool at Polaris Christian Church starting  Monday to service her families.

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Roksandich has lost thousands of dollars in tuition payments since the twister tore off a section of the roof and heavy rain flooded her childcare facility, which has been in business for four years.

"What happened was the roof let the water in. The ceilings flooded. The walls flooded and the floors were ruined," Roksandich said.

Fortunately, the daycare was empty when the tornado struck around 7:15 p.m. It had closed about 45 minutes earlier. The National Weather Service did not issue a tornado warning that night.

"We've all just been saying we're blessed we were closed and no one was hurt," Roksandich said.

Construction crews are working to make repairs inside the building and to the roof, but the entire project could take five to six more weeks.

Roksandich hopes to be back in her building sometime in August.

She said her business had been thriving before the tornado damaged the building. About 30 families bring their children to the daycare and many of them have also had to scramble to find alternative care.

"A lot of us have been talking to each other. My brother brings my nephew here, so we've been splitting daycare costs," said Lisa Gross, a parent of two daughters who attend Brunswick Prep Academy.

Roksandich also has to make arrangements to remove two trees that came down in the nasty weather.

She will need need to get new permits and a fire inspection once she returns to her building. Despite all of the aggravation and loss of income, the owner continues to count her blessings.

"I'll be fine. Everyone is safe."

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