News Releases 2008

Severe Weather Update: LETU Plans for Hurricane Gustav

Mon, Sep 1 2008

Hurricane Gustav, recently downgraded to a category one hurricane, will bring severe rain and high winds to the East Texas area over the next 72 to 96 hours. LeTourneau University has been working to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff since the storm is projected to travel across the area.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood advisory and high wind advisory for Longview, and LETU is closely monitoring the progress of the storm and advisories issued by the NWS. In case of emergency on campus, faculty, staff, and students should take shelter in the first floor of the Memorial Student Center or the Solheim Arena.

Students have been informed about the potential of Hurricane Gustav, and can track its progress on weather.com for the most up-to-date information. In case of emergency, LeTourneau Security may be contacted at 903.233.4444. Staff are on site and available to students in the event of damage to any buildings.

Currently, classes and university office hours are planned to continue as normal, but will be altered in accordance with the LETU inclement weather policy, which states that the Vice President for Student Affairs and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs will collaborate on the decision. Updates will be posted on the LETU homepage tomorrow, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and communicated to the media, in case of closing.

The city of Longview has established Lear Park as the local intake area for evacuees of areas to be affected by the storm. If you are contacted by someone in need of assistance, please direct them to the City of Longview at 903.237.1170. LeTourneau has made a facility on campus available; however, accommodations for evacuees are sufficient without it.

Educational centers in Austin, Dallas, and Houston will monitor the weather in their areas. Directors for those centers will advise students of closings as needed.