UHV students remain evacuated at main campus

Lauren Hernandez By Lauren Hernandez

Aug. 31, 2017 at 9:30 p.m.
Updated Sept. 1, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Joshua Aleman, 20, helps Yvonne Bustamante, 18, left, unpack her things in her new dorm at the University of Houston-Victoria.

Joshua Aleman, 20, helps Yvonne Bustamante, 18, left, unpack her things in her new dorm at the University of Houston-Victoria.   Olivia Vanni for The Victoria Advocate

As freshmen from the University of Houston-Victoria were moving into their dorm, they learned they were being evacuated.

"We had been monitoring the storm all day and highly encouraged them to leave and go back home with their families," said Alavaro De La Cruz, 20, a junior at UHV and senior resident assistant for Jaguar Hall.

UHV remains in the dark and has rescheduled classes to start Sept. 11, the third start date for the semester.

Along with the lack of electricity, the buildings that received the most damage include University Center, University North, the auditorium and Jaguar Hall.

"The residence halls are in much worse shape than we thought," said Vic Morgan, president of UHV.

UHV evacuated 75 students to the main campus in Houston until they can return Sept. 10.

"The residence halls are being repaired, and we do intend to have enough rooms ready to accommodate the students when they get back," Morgan said.

Despite the large amount of flooding in Houston, De La Cruz said the main campus is safe.

"We are fortunate to be on university grounds where it didn't flood, so we were very safe," De La Cruz said.

The evacuated students have been informed of the roof, carpet and window damage in Jaguar Hall, but their belongings are in good shape.

Students had the option to leave with their families or evacuate to the main campus in Houston until further notice, De La Cruz said.

De La Cruz, a San Antonio native, evacuated with the students.

Students were told to pack for two days, but their visit to their sister college was longer than expected.

"The main campus has been really welcoming and provided an abundance of resources like food, clothing, and bedding," De La Cruz said.

Morgan said the power at UHV is to be restored by Saturday so the faculty can start working on campus by Sept. 5.

The semester will be shorter, but their main concern is the safety of the faculty and students.

"Even though the university is closed, we are still doing all the things we normally do to get the school ready," Morgan said.

De La Cruz said the students' main concern is getting back to their friends and continuing their college education.

"I didn't understand how much passion these students had for what is their second home," he said.

"This proves that even in natural disasters, we can survive and rebuild because we are UHV strong."


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