Tornado Caused $1M Damage to Wisconsin Schools

July 2, 2014

A weak tornado that struck last week caused more than $1 million in damage to Colfax, Wisc., schools and the district’s athletic complex.

The Chippewa Herald reports the tornado touched down briefly twice Friday before reaching the building housing the elementary, middle and high schools.

Besides causing significant roof damage to the building, the tornado also took out two storage sheds in the athletic complex as well as damaging fences, dugouts, bleachers, grounds and trees.

A couple of big vent covers were ripped off the school roof, leaving holes for rain to pour into the building. Some carpeting and windows will need to be replaced.

School Superintendent William Yingst says the goal is to repair all the damage before the start of the football season and the new school year.

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