Wednesday, February 06, 2008

More Updates

For obvious reasons it's been difficult for the university to provide up-to-date information about what's going on. By the time Jay got to campus last night, the students had already been moved twice and no one had any information about where they were or how to get to them. So it was just the four of us last night. We found out early this morning that one of the high schools near our house was being used as an emergency shelter, so Jay went there when we got up. The students were, again, gone. I'm not sure how they've managed to spirit away hundreds of students so frequently in such a short amount of time, but it's pretty impressive.

Anyway, campus is completely closed to traffic. It seems that they are conducing insurance assessments this morning and will begin cleanup tomorrow. At one point they said they were going to escort students to their rooms to claim belongings, and several minutes later said that no one was allowed on campus. I can't imagine how frustrating that must be for the students.

After Jay's outing this morning, we all piled in the car to join the Lookie-Lous that were driving slowly by the campus. I've never seen tornado damage before...it's really wild to see how it obviously cut a clear path of destruction and left everything on either side of that path alone. It's heartbreaking to see those dorms and amazing that no one was killed.

According to the president, 40% of the dorms were destroyed and 40% were severely damaged. They're going to try to resume classes on February 18. I'll be really impressed if they can make that happen.

8 comments:

justagirl said...

The connection JUST hit me! Wow. I'm glad to know that Jay is okay! I'll keep checking back for updates.

gavin richardson said...

i have a couple of young adult friends at union, i am glad to know that they are okay. though i haven't been able to touch base with them.

Christine said...

I've been checking in for updates. Thanks for keeping us informed - from someone "on the ground."

Jim Lipsey said...

Bernheisels,

We're glad to hear that you all are okay.

The university faces a pretty big challenge to rebuild so much while continuing its mission, but if Jay is representative the caliber of folks there, I'm sure everything will turn out fine.

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kat E said...

Saw images of campus on the news last night...can't imagine what the experience would be like in person. So glad you and your family are all safe and sound.

Sarah said...

Glad to hear you're ok - that sound really frightening.

martha said...

February 18th!?! Of 2008!?!

What are they going to do, house students and have classes in FEMA trailers?

I suppose getting back to as near 'business as usual' as possible is healthy, though.

anna said...

MB, I'd love to hear how you guys weathered the storm. I'm absolutely terrified of tornados and so I have a sick fasination of hearing every little detail of those that have been through one. Obviously you guys had a tornado warning...where did you go...how did the kids handle it..ect.

So much for my interest in moving to Jackson...