University of Louisiana at Lafayette Helps UNO Students After Hurricane Ida

University of Louisiana at Lafayette is helping 80 UNO students in need, after hurricane Ida left major power outages.

Posted: Sep 7, 2021 9:51 PM
Updated: Sep 8, 2021 8:09 AM

LAFAYETTE, LA -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette is helping 80 UNO students in need, after hurricane Ida left major power outages.

Students who evacuated are very thankful and relieved from the worries of what they were going through in New Orleans. UNO college student, Rani William says she will never forget the moment hurricane Ida made landfall.

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“It was nice having my teammates comforting me because they have experienced hurricanes but when they got more scared and were like we need to evacuate, I was like okay this is serious we need to evacuate.” Rani William Said.

Student Kemar Cumberbatch added , “We had basically a 36-hour notice that we were going to leave. So basically, they told us on Monday evening and then we left on Wednesday morning.” 

As UNO students adapt to their new learning environment, some say they are sad that they had to leave loved ones behind.

“Just the feeling knowing that they're going back home to no power or no lights and stuff like that, it’s very shocking.” Kai Williams Said.

Despite the uncertainty, students are hopeful for the future that UL is giving them during a time of uncertainty.

“Everyone is grateful. All I see is humility , graciousness, thankfulness. considering that we don't know how long things are going to be the way they are.” Kemar Cumberbatch Said.

There is no date on when UNO students will be able to return back home but officials at UL say that it could be a few weeks or even months.

UNO is still assessing their campus and working to figure out if they're going to do online classes or start back in person.

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