Damage Could Reach $40 Million for Tennessee’s Union University

February 8, 2008

In Jackson, Tenn., Union University President David Dockery has estimated damages from Tuesday night’s tornado could reach $40 million.

A severe storm that hit the school in 2002 caused $2.6 million in damages.

Dockery says he had expected damages from Tuesday’s storm to be similar but was shocked by the new estimate.

He says 40 percent of the dorms are devastated, and three academic buildings received major damage.

Officials say 13 students were trapped in the rubble. Fifty-one students were taken to the hospital and two remain in critical condition.

The school hopes to resume classes by Feb. 18.

Information from: The Jackson Sun, www.jacksonsun.com

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