PEPPER PIKE, Ohio – Knowing insurance won’t cover the entire cost of the damage, Ursuline College announced it will establish a rebuilding fund after an EF1 tornado hit campus early Saturday.
The strong winds caused an external wall of the O’Brien Athletic Center to collapse. A portion of the roof was also destroyed.
Flying debris also caused extensive damage to several other buildings including the Dauby Science Center and the Ralph M. Besse Library.
A number of trees were uprooted or destroyed.
The college said safety continues to be a concern and portions of the campus were closed.
Inspectors will look at the athletic center, which suffered the most damage.
If it is structurally sound, coaches will be allowed inside for a brief time to collect equipment and belongings.
Ursuline College will have a functioning athletic department and everything will go on as scheduled, despite the damage to that building.
See below for more information given in Tuesday’s press conference.