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JUST TWO MONTHS AFTER AN EF-2 TORNADO RIPPED THROUGH
STUDENTS ARE RETURNING TO A CAMPUS THAT LOOKS VIRTUALLY
NEWS 3'S LEAH LINSCHEID JOINS US FROM MOVE-IN DAY
THERE, WITH MORE.
Freshmen moving onto campus today only see their new
dorm and the start of their future...but the rest
of Plateville sees the strenth and support its community
showed, to get through a devastating tornado, to where
they are today.
It was pretty earth-shaking.
Disbelief - it's still the first feeling that comes
to mind when UW-Platteville's football coaches visit
their home away from home.
It's one of those things you see on TV, but you don't
think you'll ever experience.
It was devastating.
To come into this facility to see light towers down,
and fences blown in and trees down and the devasation,
it was kind of heart-wrenching.
Back in June, an EF-2 tornado tore through the college
stadium and the rest of the community.
leaving behind damage still visible today.
My first reaction was, 'Boy, we've got a lot of work
A little over two months ago, I stood in this very
same spot and wondered if this day would even be possible.
But, against all odds, UW-Platteville celebrated a
grand re-opening just two months after that tornado.
and just in time, for the upcoming school year.
The community comes together and it grows you stronger
with what you're doing and you realize there's more
support here than what you realize.
Everybody pulled together and everybody made this
happen and got us to the point where we're at today,
where students are moving in, and the Pioneer Stadium's
on its way to recovery.
Construction still litters the football stadium, with
repairs ongoing for at least another week.
But coaches say the wait will only make their homecoming
It's gonna be pretty exciting to have that first home
game, because it should be a pretty elecrifying experience
for us to see that support.
130 Construction on the stadium is scheduled to be
done on time for the Pioneers' first home game, on
In Platteville, I'm Leah Linscheid for WISC News 3.
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UW-PLATTEVILLE'S CHANCELLOR SAYS THE UNVERSITY STILL
ISN'T SURE HOW MUCH MONEY IN DAMAGE THAT TORNADO CREATED.