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Recovery effort underway in Platteville

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PLATTEVILLE (WKOW) -- Volunteers came from all around southern Wisconsin to help people in Platteville clean up following two tornadoes.

With the power out in most of the city, emergency responders set up two cooling shelters to keep residents and volunteers safe, many of whom worked non-stop since Tuesday morning. Those shelters are set up in the Platteville City Park located across from City Hall at 75 N. Bonson Street.

"It has been a real tough morning. Real tough. Yep, lots of tears, but lots of good friends," said Doris Alt, the owner of the Shell station that was destroyed.

The Shell station is one of a handful of businesses near UW-Platteville that were destroyed by the tornadoes. The Dairy Queen nearby was also heavily damaged. On Tuesday, employees thanked volunteers by giving them Dilly Bars.

"Everything is melting so we figured that people might as well eat it rather than it just being wasted," said Lydia Sigwarth, whose family owned the restaurant.

Police enacted an 8 p.m. curfew for the hardest-hit areas of Platteville. Only residents with structurally sound homes were allowed in the neighborhood. Everyone else is asked to stay away until Wednesday at the earliest.

Volunteers wanting to help clean up the Platteville area are asked to report to the Platteville High School at 710 E. Madison Street with an I.D. and boots.

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