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Platteville Comes Together After Storm

PLATTEVILLE, WI (CBS2/FOX28)-Several towns in Wisconsin are dealing with extensive damage left behind by Monday's storm.

"It was really scary I'll never forget it," Daniel Lins said.

He was attending a basketball camp at University of Wisconsin, Platteville, when the storm moved through.

"It was really raining hard," Daniel said.

He said leaders of the camp rushed the campers to the basement of the dorms they were staying in.

The roof off the dorms were wiped off by wind gusts up 10 120 miles per hour, according the National Weather Service.

Daniel's mom, Kim said she is counting her blessings that her son is alive.

"All night long he texted me and I knew how he was doing," Kim said.

They weren't the only ones taking photos of this war zone.

"It's sad. I used to eat here," Darlene Meithan said.

Meithan came to Platteville to celebrate her 64th anniversary.

She remembers eating at a local diner that was next to the Shell gas station.

"A heck of a mess," she said about what she saw Tuesday.

The Shell station is gone.

Tom Sigwarth is the local Dairy Queen Owner and said he has to thank one of his store managers for a fast response.

"He said something doesn't seem right and took all the employees into the basement when it hit."

That manager saved all the employees' lives.

"He was a hero in my book," Sigwarth said.

Sigwarth received a lot of help Tuesday from people he knew and even did'nt personally know.

"That's the Dairy Queen Community," he said.

Another Dairy Queen owner came to grab frozen food to use at their store and to help Sigwarth out.

A community that is counting their blessings.

"I can't express enough gratitude for what everyone has done," Sigwarth said.

NWS said two tornadoes are to blame with wind speeds ranging between 105 and 120 miles per hour.

Dozens of homes and businesses are damaged and Platteville High School where people can rest or get a shower as the clean up continues.

"Not until I got here it became bone-chillin realistic," Kim said.

 
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