LaTech president, athletic director address storm damage

President, athletic director address storm damage at LA Tech

RUSTON, LA (KSLA) - Louisiana Tech President Les Guice and Athletic Director Tommy McCleland address the damage on campus following a fatal storm Thursday morning.

The campus is closed and several roads are blocked off.

“The good thing is all of our students, faculty and staff are safe,” Guice said. “They weren’t seriously injured, there were some minor abrasions and things due to flying glass. All of them are safe and genuinely in good spirits.”

Student Tornado Meeting 4/25/19

Student information meeting regarding the tornado damages.

Posted by Louisiana Tech University on Thursday, April 25, 2019

Guice added that students have taken the initiative to begin cleaning up the campus. He’s also grateful for such a supportive community, such as Bossier Parish, going to Ruston to aid in this situation.

When Guice first saw the campus after the storm he said that he was pretty emotional.

“We work every day to try to make this a special place, then you see it get torn apart, it’s pretty traumatic.”

He couldn’t recall a storm that was severe like this one during his time at Tech.

“We did have a tornado over our south campus a year or so ago, but it certainly didn’t have this kind of impact,” Guice said. “Ruston has been blessed and we’ve been been blessed today 'cause it’s not more severe.”

Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker also confirmed a mother and son were killed during the early morning storms in Ruston.

Multiple schools are closed as well. KSLA has complied a list, for your convenience.

Bienville Parish Schools

Classes for students in Bienville Parish have been cancelled, according to Eric Carter, Bienville Parish School Board’s director of transportation and maintenance.

Elysian Fields ISD

Classes are not cancelled on Thursday, April 25. However, due to a power outage, classes will begin at 10 a.m., according to the district’s website.

Louisiana Tech

For a slideshow of the damages, click here.

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