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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Nursing student Magen Isaacs’ University of Texas at Arlington living quarters are much smaller than where she lived just a week ago.

The apartment she and her fiancé, who is also a student, used to live in was damaged by last week’s storms.

“I go in there and I see water coming from the ceiling,” Isaacs recalled of the storm. “I go upstairs, water coming from it too. I was trying to bag some of my nursing books because those are like $200… $300 apiece.”

The roof was ripped right off their apartment complex and landed on an electric pole threatening a fire. Now, instead of just watching the storm coverage, Isaacs and her fiancé Timothy Brown became a part of the storm coverage. They were immediately evacuated along with 30 other people leaving everything behind, including the wedding dress Megan was going to wear after she and Brown graduated.

Magen Isaacs' fiancé proposed to her at the fountain by the Central library on the UTA campus. (credit: Magen Isaacs)

Magen Isaacs’ fiancé proposed to her at the fountain by the Central library on the UTA campus. (credit: Magen Isaacs)

“They said that anything that was wet, because there was asbestos in the wall, they wouldn’t be able to salvage it,” Isaacs said.

Isaacs and Brown feared the dress was a write-off. They didn’t think the dress could be moved into the storage containers the university provided for salvageable possessions. But UTA’s asbestos abatement experts gave them some good news. They were able to safely clean the dress.

“It’s fine now,” Brown said cheerfully. “It’s going to be more special after this!”

The dress fared better than their apartment building. The old apartments will now be torn down and the empty lot turned into a park.

The university said it had relocated all of the students and provided them with meal plans at no extra charge since the dorms they are staying in don’t have kitchens like the old apartments did.

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