LSU students feel anxiety, frustration as families clean up Hurricane Ida damage

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – For some LSU students, they are stuck in Baton Rouge while their families are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in the coastal parishes.

“Me and all my friends were in my apartment just freaking out. We couldn’t hear from our families, we didn’t know what was going on, so we were very scared,” LSU Junior Brie Andras said.

On Sunday night Andras lost contact with her family in Thibodaux as the storm hammered into Lafourche Parish. She was able to get a hold of her mom Monday afternoon after frantically messaging family members and taking to social media to see if anyone had heard from her parents.

She learned debris had smashed through a window in her home and her aunt’s roof in Raceland had blown off but thankfully everyone in her family was unharmed.

She’s not the only student who woke up to the news of severe damage back home on Monday.

“My friend is from Metairie and a tree hit her house right on top of her brand new house,” Andras said.

Now, as the roads are slowly cleared, there are not enough resources for students in Baton Rouge to travel south.

“I feel really helpless like there is nothing I can do to go help my family, to help clean up, to help fix things,” Andras said. “It’s hard because I want to be there but my mom told me if you come here there’s not much you can do anyway.”

People in river and bayou parishes are feeling left in the dark, with communication issues and seeing no clear answer of who can help them.

“They don’t know when help is coming, when we’re going to get relief, if we’re going to get relief, any federal or state money to help,” Andras said. “They don’t know when they’re going to get electricity back, they haven’t heard from Entergy.”

Students at LSU are out of class until after Labor Day and many are trying to get home to the damage but floodwater is making it difficult for those to the east to get aid.

“They’re kind of trapped because if you go the other way towards Hammond it’s also water so it’s kind of hard to get out and get in,” Andras said.

Authorities in Lafourche Parish said not to return yet if possible as it is too dangerous and there’s not enough gas to go around. 

LSU President Dr. William Tate announced when students return to campus there are a number of resources for them including a food pantry, mental health support, and financial aid. 

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