February 13, 2019 | Byron Khalil | abc3340.com
Rebuilding continues in Jacksonville after a devastating tornado caused millions in damages last Spring.Gamecock Village, a large student apartment complex officially reopened Thursday.
After the tornado hundreds of Jacksonville State University students had to live with friends, find temporary housing, or didn't come back to the school.
"We have a brand new work out room. We have a brand new study room," Kylee Delozier, a Gamecock Village resident said. "Our pool is renovated. It's definitely amazing because the clubhouse is one of the things that got hit the hardest."
JSU's president Dr. John Beehler says the school did lose one percent of the student body after the storm.
With on and off campus housing damaged, space was limited.
"Students wouldn't normally live as far away as Gadsden, Anniston or Oxford to go to school here, but it was necessary and they actually did that," Dr. Beehler explained.
Now that students have moved back in they say things are looking better than before.
"Just to be here and actually watch the progress, being here during the tornado and now when everything's done," Brian Leblanc, a Gamecock Village resident mentioned. "It's utterly amazing and to do it in the amount of time that they did is pretty awesome."
Around 500 students lived in the apartment complex last year. Four hundred beds were ready for that next semester following the tornado.