NC leaders tour Shaw University's damage

April 18, 2011 9:00:00 PM PDT
North Carolina Senator Richard Burr was joined by Congresswoman Renee Ellmers to get a first-hand look at the devastation a twister left in Wake County. They took a walking tour with the first female president of historic Shaw University.The university had to shut down when Saturday's tornado ripped off roof tops, knocked down power lines and blew out windows across campus.

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Both Ellmers and Burr say they'll make sure Shaw and other places, businesses and families get the help they need.

"Make no mistake about it this is as big a disaster as North Carolina has faced in several decades," Senator Burr said.

Ellmers says she's been in direct contact with FEMA to get places like Shaw back up and running.

"I've had staff touring with them; we've met up with them. I've had many calls with them," she said. "We're just making sure the process works effectively. I know that the governor has sent her letter out to the President. Our office has sent a letter to the President as well so we can help expedite this."

The president of Shaw says she is optimistic that the mess can be cleaned up in time to reopen for the summer semester.

Dr. Irma McClaurin says the rebuilding though will take time. They haven't had major renovations on campus in years, so she says they'll use this opportunity to their advantage.

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