Storm leaves some damages at Lamar

Published 2:45 pm Saturday, April 14, 2018

Staff report

Fierce overnight winds caused damage to the Lamar University police station early Saturday, some classroom windows were broken on campus and the Cardinal View recruiting event was moved from the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Center to the revamped Setzer Student Center.

Those were the principal effects of a dangerous storm that moved east through Jefferson Parish and continued on along the Gulf Coast on Saturday morning.

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Kate Downing, LU director of marketing, said the storm traveled through the northern end of LU’s campus around 3 a.m. Saturday.

Power was temporarily affected but recovered later in the morning.

Downing said both the Mary and John Gray Library and Montagne Center lost power, at least for awhile.

Lamar Police headquarter sustained apparent roof damage that caused the department to shift to temporary quarters in the Human Resources building on campus.

Minimal damage was noted at Family and Consumer Sciences, Carl Parker, Communications and Engineering Research.

Current assessment of the situation is ongoing and power will be restored as soon as possible.

Downing said damages did not appear to be significant enough to affect resumption of classes Monday.

She said attendance at the View was not affected by the overnight weather. Many students were traveling from the Houston area after the storm had passed through.

The View was scheduled to end shortly after lunch.

The student center reopened this week to great fanfare after it was refashioned and modernized.