One-year anniversary of devastating tornado at Brindlee Mountain

One-year anniversary of devastating tornado at Brindlee Mountain

UNION GROVE, Ala. (WAFF) - It’s been one year since a devastating tornado ripped through Brindlee Mountain Primary School.

Principal Terry Allen says he will never forget January 11th, 2020.

“You know, it’s kind of one of those things that it’s not anything you can do to prepare you beforehand for something like this. It’s quite an overwhelming experience, but you know because of how things worked out we were able to pretty quickly get into the former Brindlee Mountain Middle School,” said Allen.

January 11th is the day an EF-2 tornado tore through the school.

Administrators made changes so students could get back in class. Students and staff were then forced to move to the old Brindlee Mountain Middle School for six weeks.

That’s when the school hit another road block: COVID-19.

Staff and students were then forced to transition to virtual learning in March, like many other schools.

Since then, school officials have been working on a $5M project to rebuild the school and add on more rooms at the former middle school and high school.

“Adding enough rooms to get two pre-K facilities on our campus. One of those had to transition to Brindlee Mountain Elementary, we have one here on site, we will have a learning center on site for our special needs students and and there will be four more classrooms that will be added and some storage space,” said Allen.

Allen said school leaders have submitted bids to the architect.

He said he’s excited and thankful for the outpouring of support from the community and many donations that they received to help them on their road to rebuilding.

Allen said the two buildings that are still left at the primary school location is now property of the town of Union Grove and will be used to serve students and families in the community.

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