GRAMBLING, La., (March 13, 2016) As the Grambling State University Lady Tigers and G-Men were in Houston, TX competing in the SWAC Basketball Tournament with President Willie D. Larkin cheering them on, Mother Nature decided to get a little feisty. The heavens opened up and poured out more rain than the campus could handle.  Several buildings were flooded.  As a result, the campus was closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of last week.

President Willie D. Larkin shortened his trip to the SWAC Tournament to return to Grambling in the midst of the major storms, hazardous conditions, and severe flooding.  He stated, “I can’t enjoy the basketball games while areas of Grambling’s campus are underwater and our students are in need. I’m returning to campus early to examine the situation and make sure our students are safe.”

President Larkin went on to explain, “As a university community, we will band together to OVERCOME this temporary inconvenience just as we have done in the past.  Our students do not need another disruption.  Many of them recently traveled to the state capital to support funding for higher education in Louisiana.  I want to make sure we can return to a sense of normalcy and comfort for them ASAP”.

The President held emergency meetings with the university’s Emergency Response Team, which consists of all of the vice presidents and several leaders at the university to discuss the next steps in the Emergency Relief Process.

President Larkin went on to declare a “State of Emergency.” 

“We are in the assessment, documentation and cleanup modes right now, trying to get everything back online and functioning for our students, faculty and loyal staff.  Many of our employees have been working day and night to prepare for the upcoming week of mid-semester exams.”

“I will be asking local, state and federal agencies to provide the necessary assistance to prevent flooding, repair our damaged facilities and repair leaky roofs. Because these kinds of repairs and maintenance have been deferred in order to save money, we are suffering each time there are storms and heavy rains.”

“The education of our students is our main priority; we cannot successfully accomplish our mission in unsafe conditions.  With that, understand that Grambling State University is truly in need of State and Federal assistance to get back to the Business of Educating our students.”  

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