UHV student evacuees return to campus

Ismael Perez By Ismael Perez

Sept. 8, 2017 at 9:30 p.m.
Updated Sept. 9, 2017 at 7:33 a.m.

A damaged flag blows in the wind near Nursery on U.S. 87.

A damaged flag blows in the wind near Nursery on U.S. 87.   Ana Ramirez for The Victoria Advocate

Jaydette Callender arrived from the Bahamas to check into her dorm on Aug. 24 and had to evacuate early the next day because of Hurricane Harvey.

"I'm pretty used to hurricanes, but I was scared because my parents were suppose to leave back to the Bahamas," the 17-year-old student said Friday.

Callender was one of 60 University of Houston-Victoria students who returned to their dorms Friday after evacuating for two weeks in Houston.

Brandon Lee, director of residence life, said 400 students had checked in to their dorms on the evening of Aug. 24 when the mandatory evacuation was announced.

"We tried to encourage people to go home," he said. "Those who stayed behind got on board a bus to Houston on Friday morning."

No one stayed behind during the hurricane, Lee said.

The students who had to evacuate were the ones whose parents had just dropped them off and did not have transportation needed to to go home.

"Evacuation was the last resort," Lee said.

Students were asked to pack enough clothes to last them about two to three days.

Lee said the students stayed at the Quadrangle Dorms at the University of Houston, where they had access to food and washers and dryers.

The students were evacuated to Houston because of the university's affiliation with University of Houston, Lee said.

The Quadrangle Dorms where the students stayed were not affected by the flood.

Students were delayed in returning to Victoria because of water damage to some rooms.

"We wanted to make it safe for all the students to come back," Lee said.

Callender temporarily stayed with her parents at a hotel, then at the home of the UHV international adviser and was later taken to the dorms in Houston.

"The international advisers house felt like home," Callender said. "But I am happy to be back because I missed my dorm."

Classes for UHV students begin Monday.


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