RUSTON, La. (4/28/19)– There were no shortage of helping hands at Louisiana Tech Saturday.
Hundreds of volunteers rallied around the school, working together to sift through the debris left behind by the tornado.
“A lot of our students, a lot of our faculty and staff were definitely affected. of course the community in general,” said Heath Tims, associate dean of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech.
Several parts of the campus–severely damaged, large trees and parts of the school itself torn down by the powerful winds.
Louisiana Tech and the surrounding community unified to pick up the pieces.
For many volunteers, the damage of the storm hits close to home.
“My friend called me at around 3 AM and he asked me whether he could stay at my dorm because his house had had a tree fall on top of it and that’s when it became real to me,” said Tech student Alejandro Aristizabal.
The deadly storm was unexpected–which makes dealing with the aftermath that much more difficult.
“It was a sickening feeling to know that all of that happened and there wasn’t anything to prepare for it, or, you know, so many people were being put out of their homes,” said Tech student Katie Welch.
But students, staff and other community volunteers joined together during a time when the city needs it the most.
“I ask that, you know, we keep on staying encouraged and keep on helping others and just being there for each other cause that’s what it’s about,” said Tech student DeJason Fowler .