Damage to University in Tenn. Could Reach $40 Million

February 11, 2008

Union University President David Dockery estimated damages from a recent 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 the recent storm to be similar but was shocked by the new estimate.

He said forty percent of the dorms have been devastated, and three academic buildings have 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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