Nearly a year after April 27th, the people of Tuscaloosa still look to restore what they can.
Just hours after the storms laid a swathe of the city bare, people started the process - each in their own way.
As University of Alabama English Department Professor Brian Oliu says, "Everyone tried to play to their strengths I think, and so what can we do?"
The answer came quickly.
Oliu explains, "We're not overly good at hauling trees or chain saws or things like that, so we decided, let's put together an e-book."
In the wake of destruction, Oliu called for creation. The result - a compilation from local writers entitled 'Tuscaloosa Runs This'.
Oliu says, "We had the e-book out after about ten days or so. That was released online, and then we had about 1,200 downloads of them. We raised a good amount of money for Rebuild Tuscaloosa."
Tuscaloosa sits on an unshakeable bedrock of tradition, largely tied to the university's football team.
The obsession with sports overshadows a solid literary tradition.
'Tuscaloosa Runs This' assembles a team of tomorrow's literary legends. Now in print form, the book continues to raise money for recovery.
Oliu says, "I understand that writing a poem or writing an essay isn't exactly contributing directly towards it, but I think there was a moment where everyone needed some time alone, some time to reflect upon these things."
And in those moments, Tuscaloosa found respite, relief, and most importantly, resolve.
You can purchase a copy of 'Tuscaloosa Runs This' here.