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Tornado Damaged Union Univ. Starts Up Semester

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Organizations like Lifeway Christian spent time and money helping storm victims pick up the pieces of their lives. If it weren't for businesses like Lifeway Christian, students at Union University wouldn't be able to go back so soon.

Lifeway pledged more than $300,000 to help the students at Union University get back to some sort of normal life. The donation is just one example of so many organizations giving back to the places devastated by the tornadoes.

On Feb. 5, 2008, an EF-4 tornado hit Union University with winds of 170 miles per hour. More than 50 students were hurt.

The tornado damaged or destroyed every building on Union University's small campus - except one.

Twelve students were trapped under debris for about five hours, and friends and rescue crews had to dig them out.

Union's president said the campus was so devastated that most the buildings will have to be torn down. Damage estimates at the university were around $40 million.

In 12 days Union University faculty and staff, with the assistance of more than 3,000 volunteers, worked around the clock over the past to help make sure the semester could start.

The President of the University said it will be a long process before campus will look the way it did before the tornadoes, but this is a great start.

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