LSU student vehicles damaged with heavy rainfall

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Following Wednesday’s heavy rainfall, some students are now left with damaged or totaled vehicles.

“I’m gonna miss it, it was a good run, it’s time to move on,” said LSU junior Darius Henry.

Henry is one of a few unlucky people returning back to a damaged car following Wednesday night’s rainfall.

While Hurricane Nicholas has weakened to a tropical storm, lingering rain is now an issue. LSU students who live on E. Boyd Drive say they expected rain but the amount of flooding was a surprise.

“I didn’t get out until this morning, I thought it would flood during Ida and it did not flood on my streets so I didn’t really expect anything,” said junior Connor Loughaed.  

The LSU Emergency Operations Center issued a warning for roadways on campus and surrounding areas last night, but students say that alert came in long after the area was filled with rainwater.

“Considering we were watching the water for two to three hours, I think it’s a little late, I saw probably six or seven cars drive through there and get totaled,” said Loughaed.  

Trevon Kendrick is a LaPlace evacuee, unfamiliar with the area he said by the time he noticed the depth of the water, it was too late.

“It was dark and I didn’t recognize the slope and how deep the water was, there wasn’t a sign,” said Kendrick.

In the last three days, there’s been an estimated six to eight inches of rainfall in that area.

While other cars remain stalled in the middle of the street LSU students are just hoping the drainage issues in the area are addressed. 

“I feel like they at least need to start planning for maybe more retention ponds or just anything that would help reduce the flooding would be good,” said Loughaed.

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