Louisa dedicates new Thomas Jefferson Elementary three years after East Coast earthquake

The new Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Louisa, Va. Photo: WJLA

LOUISA, Va. (WJLA) - Three years ago in Louisia the East Coast earthquake damaged an elementary school so badly it had to be torn down.

Monday, the new Thomas Jefferson Elementary School was dedicated, marking the return to normalcy for hundreds of children. as they prepare to cut the ribbon on a brand new school.

In just days students will return to the school, three years after they raced from a crumbling building.

The old school sat close to the epicenter of the 5.8 quake which rocked the eastern seaboard. In seconds the school sustained so much damage it was destined for the wrecking ball.

The memory of the earthquake and the frantic moments spent getting children to safety still haunt Principal Candace Wilkerson. She says the new school goes a long way toward healing.

Everyone got out of the school okay. But the surrounding area sustained substantial damage.

In Louisa County a lot of people -- even those who have little connection to the school -- are glad to see it open again.