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Tornado damage at UW-Platteville added up to $18.6M

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As the one-year anniversary approaches, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and UW-Platteville Real Estate Foundation say the June 16, 2014 tornado resulted in a total of $18.6 million in damages. The final numbers from the EF-2 tornado were released Tuesday, adding up the damage from the five buildings, surrounding area and Memorial Park.

University officials say the damage closed the university on June 17-18, 2014. That damage included broken windows, partial roof destruction, bent light towers at the Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium, and downed trees. Fortunately, no one died or was significantly injured on campus.

University workers have been busy for the past year, undoing the tornado's work.

“It's hard to believe it has just been a year since the tornado hit,” Chancellor Dennis J. Shields said. “Walking around campus, I see very few signs of the damage. That is a testament to all the hard work and extra hours that people put in to ensure we had a successful academic year.”

The heaviest damage, in amount of dollars, was done to the following structures:

  • $7.3 million, Bridgeway Commons
  • $4.8 million, Rountree Commons
  • $1.8 million, Southwest Hall
  • $1.8 million, Engineering Hall
  • $1.7 million, Pioneer Stadium

The university will mark the one-year anniversary with an exhibit in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery, Ullsvik Hall on Tuesday, June 16 from 3:30-5 p.m. The free exhibit, open to the public, will include photographs, video, a book of first-hand accounts from the tornado and a Memorial Park display.

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