Wednesday, February 06, 2008
My wife went to college at Union University in Jackson, TN. It's a small college, just a few thousand students, so they are all like family. Last night the campus was devastated by a series of tornadoes that destroyed several of the dormitories. Over 50 students were injured, but thankfully there were no fatalities. The campus is in ruin, and the students are having trouble getting back to try to recover any of their belongings including their cars.
One report I read said of 1100-1200 cars on campus, only 100 are free from damage.
There is a car in Amy's old dorm room, which was on the second floor of her building.
There are some severely injured students, but none are considered life-threatening.
Many alumni are trying to find out what they can do to help, when clean-up will begin and if volunteers will be welcome. A financial relief fund has been established and can be reached by going to www.uu.edu.
I visited the campus in the Summer of 2003, and in parts of town there were still areas in ruin from tornadoes a few years prior to that visit.