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Tornados Damage Report

Tarleton was fortunate on March 8 when an EF-1 tornado damaged areas of Erath County, because we had no injuries and damage was limited.

On the Stephenville campus, a power outage was restored the same day. Major damage was to the press box at Memorial Stadium and to the ongoing residence hall construction projects. Minor roof damage occurred to Hunewell Hall and the Fine Arts Center. The loss of 12 trees, primarily large oaks along Washington Street and the lone cedar on campus, will be difficult to replace and affect the beauty of the campus.

The destruction of the Lillian apartment building near campus, which housed a number of students, prompted quick action by Student Life employees to assist those students.

In all, several buildings at the university’s farm appear damaged to the point that may necessitate demolition and cause the university to evaluate long-term plans to ensure we meet the needs of the students in providing quality teaching and research space while considering the safety of our farm animals. Many other buildings at the farm appear to be structurally safe, but will require reconstruction in the near future.

Roof damage affected the Livestock Center, Barn, Teaching Pavilion, Bull Barn, Poultry Lab, Tractor Shed and Hay Barn, among others. The Sheep Pole barn was a total loss. The university is receiving resources and assistance from several departments within The Texas A&M University System Office such as Facilities, Planning and Construction and Risk Management.

Since a Disaster Declaration has been made, the university is collaborating with Erath County and City of Stephenville officials to provide damage assessment information to the State of Texas.

Tarleton’s primary contractor, SSC, and their team quickly restored a sense of normalcy to campus.