PLATTEVILLE, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) The chancellor at U-W Platteville now says it might cost over $10-million to repair the damage from a tornado which hit the campus ten days ago. Dennis Shields says three dormitories and the engineering building should be repaired by August 15th, when students will start moving in for fall classes that begin September 2nd.
He said the football stadium's artificial surface will have to be replaced, along with some seating areas and light poles. Coaches are confident the stadium can be fixed by mid-September. The Platteville Pioneers are scheduled to play their first home football game on September 15th, and a few soccer matches might have to be re-located.
Shields was in Beijing China on business when the tornado hit late last Monday night. He said insurance would cover most of the damage, but not dozens of trees knocked down in a campus park. About 200 summer school students and hundreds more summer camp participants were on campus when the tornado hit. The chancellor credited dorm staffers and rescuers for keeping them safe. He said nobody got anything worse than bumps and bruises.