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JSU suffers student apartment, library damage from Monday's storm

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A group of Jacksonville State University students have found themselves temporarily relocating after Monday's storms damaged a campus apartment complex and the library.

Students living at the Campus Inn Apartments had to evacuate their second floor units after high winds blew off the building roof.

"You heard a big crash. It was like a big boom and I looked outside and the roof was on the ground and on people's cars," Latowa Brown, JSU Graduate said.  

In total 26 apartments were affected by roof damage and widespread debris.

 Across campus the Houston Cole Library was shut down and remained closed Tuesday due to significant damage it roof. sustain. The university's television station antennas toppled off the library roof.

Classes and services in the building were canceled and some students didn't seem to mind.

"Well I was suppose to have a test today, but unfortunately I get two extra days to study," Robert Bolling said.

Meanwhile, the university has provided alternate housing for displaced students as well as meals at the Jack Hooper Dining Hall. 

"Our food service has partnered with us to help feed them because they had little kitchens in their apartments and weren't set up to go and use our meal services, " Rebecca Turner, JSU V.P. of Academic & Student Affairs.

The cleanup process started Tuesday morning and currently, there's no cost estimate or estimated time frame for how long the repairs will take.

Students needing relocation assistance can contact Marcus Shepherd at 256-689-6417.  

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