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Grambling president says damage from weekend storms highlights need for campus improvements

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GRAMBLING, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Heavy rains and winds brought by storms over the weekend highlight the need for improvements to Grambling State University’s facilities and infrastructure, according to a statement released by the university on Monday. 

According to the statement, the Grambling Status University campus near the intersection of RWE Jones Highway and Cole Street experienced limited access and potential water damage. 

Classes were canceled Monday while crews worked to assess the damage. Classes and operations on campus are expected to resume as usual Tuesday, although students, faculty, and community are encouraged to factor in additional time for parking as crews continue to service flood-impacted areas throughout campus. 

“We are grateful for the partners statewide who collaborate in our ongoing efforts to improve facilities and infrastructure.” GSU President Rick Gallot said in the statement. “This week’s weather events illustrate the urgency and importance of our work to provide adequate facilities for our students, faculty, and the community partners who depend on our University.” 
 
“We look forward to furthering the conversation around our ongoing its Drainage Update Project and will remain in close contact with the Governor, our representatives, and the federal partners who are helping drive progress on this work.” 
 
Background – University Drainage Infrastructure 
Since the campus flooding events of 2016, campus facilities and safety crews have actively maintained drainage-ways and related infrastructure.  University officials also continue to work with FEMA and partners on a larger Drainage Update Project. Multi-agency workgroups have convened as recently as March 28, 2019, to advance progress on the Project which would help mitigate the impact of seasonal events like the most recent severe rain storm.  
  
Monday, April 8, 2019 – Classes Closed, Facility Assessments Continue 
Grambling State University administrative offices are closed and classes canceled Monday, April 8, 2019.  

Facilities and Safety and Risk Management team members continue to assess building conditions throughout campus and will provide updates via gram.edu/news and twitter.com/grambling1901 on service and building operations for the week of April 8, 2019. 

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