Rising water levels at SU campus has students worried, SU officials say a plan is in place

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Several students at Southern University are noticing high water levels under the bridge; which leads to their dorms.

This has them worried.

If it gets too much higher, we are not going to be able to walk here anymore, said one student.

Officials with the school said they already have a plan if the water reaches above the bridge.

The school released a statement on behalf of Maurice Pitts, the executive director of facility services. It reads: 

According to Maurice Pitts, executive director of facility services, his staff monitors all bridges and crosswalks daily, and take appropriate action to ensure continued safety. The bridge in question is very high above water. You are welcome to come see for yourself.

Should water ever unexpectedly rise to above surface, it will not be open to foot traffic and contingency arrangements, including shuttles, will be implemented. As always, the safety of our students, employees and visitors to our campus is paramount.

Southern University also collaborates with LSU, the Department of Transportation Development and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to monitor and address emergency situations in the city, including those that involve standing water.

Southern is currently working with the DOTD to replace the current bridge and get rid of buildup and fortification of the ravine. This will ensure consistent water flow and eliminate the probability of dangerous-level standing water and erosion pockets.

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