Commissioners: Tornado-Damaged Arena Fixable

Another view of damaged Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark in Billings, MT.  (courtesy photo)
Another view of damaged Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark in Billings, MT. (courtesy photo)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Yellowstone County commissioners say the tornado-damaged Rimrock Auto Arena in Billings appears to be structurally sound.

Commissioners Jim Reno and John Ostlund said Wednesday that engineers hired by the county's insurance company determined the 12,000 seat arena needs major repairs, but will not have to be demolished as some had feared.

A tornado touched down on top of the arena on Sunday, tearing off the roof and some siding and causing extensive damage to the interior. The arena was not in use at the time. The twister left debris scattered for thousands of yards around the county-owned MetraPark events complex and surrounding neighborhoods.

Reno says volunteers will begin removing the debris during community clean up days planned for next Monday and Tuesday.

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