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Tornado damage assessment continues at UW-Platteville

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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville continues to assess the damage caused by an EF2 tornado that ripped through the southwest side of campus Monday night.

The tornado significantly damaged three residence halls -- Rountree Commons, Bridgeway Commons and Southwest Hall -- as well as Engineering Hall, the Greenhouse, Pioneer Stadium and Memorial Park.

Damage in those buildings ranged from broken windows and partial roof destruction to bent light towers at the stadium and downed trees.

Fortunately, the tornado did not kill anybody -- either on campus or in the wider Platteville community. The city saw two tornadoes that night. The other one hit Platteville's northeast side around the same time and was an EF1.

Five people were injured in the storm, but none of those people were on UW-Platteville's campus.

"Thanks to the first responders, community members, faculty and staff who have been working tirelessly to take care of those affected by the storm and clean up the debris the tornado left behind," UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis J. Shields said. "They have accomplished a great deal in a short amount of time."

UW-Platteville and UW System staff members, as well as insurance teams and engineering groups, continue to assess the campus' damage. They haven't yet put a dollar amount on the damage or set dates for building re-openings.

Fences surround the impacted buildings and only authorized personnel are allowed inside.

"The recovery process will take time, but rest assured UW-Platteville will be ready to serve all of our students this fall," Shields said. "More than any natural disaster, it is dedication and commitment that defines a community. And, while we will most certainly face challenges in the days and weeks ahead, we choose to view the process of rebuilding as a source of opportunity."

Everyone staying in the impacted residence halls were relocated to other UW-Platteville residence halls that did not receive damage.

UW-Platteville canceled classes, New Student Registration and other activities Tuesday and Wednesday but resumed them on Thursday.

It also canceled all youth camps for the remainder of the week, which included a band camp. Camps will resume next week, with the exception of the scheduled engineering camp, which it canceled altogether.

The university is organizing volunteer and monetary donation opportunities.

You can find updates on the university's website ( ), its Facebook page ( ) and its Twitter account ( )

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