Most students say they’re happy to return to class. It gives them a sense of normalcy, but walking past large piles of debris like this is a constant reminder of all the work they still have to do.
Students walk over tree branches and downed power lines. Some duck under caution tape just to get to class.
“You have to go through so many obstacles,” said Treylan Stevenson, Student. School resumes at Louisiana Tech University just days after an EF-3 tornado ripped through the campus.
“I had never seen anything like that. I’ve been through hurricanes and floods and the amount of debris on the ground and trees on the ground,” said Grace Dry.
Over the weekend thousands of people volunteered to clean up. “Over 1200 people students and people from around. We just cleaned up campus and all around Ruston,” said Dry.
“I think they did a good job cleaning up campus and I think it looks way better than it did before,” said Leonie Nutz, Student.
Large trash bags line the streets and there are several piles of tree branches throughout the campus. Despite the mess, students must focus on school.
“The power went out last night. So I couldn’t do my homework. So yeah I have a lot of catching up to do,” said Treylan Stevenson, Student.
“Now our curriculums are squeezed and there’s more pressure than ever,” said Tyriq Allen, Student.
Students say they’re happy school is back in session and they plan to finish the quarter strong.