Family and Friends of Loyola Students Grapple with Hurricane Ida

Courtesy of Ethan DupasArabi, a Louisiana suburb, was devastated by Hurricane Ida. The catastrophe cleared through homes, trees, and other locals' property within the neighborhood.

Loyola is making an effort to offer resources to students impacted by Hurricane Ida after it made its way from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast this week. 

The Category 4 storm caused massive destruction, power outages and flooding in Louisiana, Mississippi and other parts of the Gulf Coast, the Associated Press reported. Ida was then downgraded to a tropical storm before it made its way up to the East Coast where it caused major rainfall and flooding places like New York and New Jersey, Reuters reported.

Following the storm Loyola has reached out to students whose home addresses are in the Gulf Coast area.

Dean of Students William Rodriguez said his office sent out emails, beginning with students from Louisiana on Aug. 29th, informing them of Loyola’s Center for Student Assistance and Advocacy (CSAA). 

CSAA, “Provides support, coordination, case management, and resource referrals for student concerns across the university,”according to the website.

Rodriguez explained while CSAA can be used for a multitude of student issues, in the case of Hurricane Ida students could reach out to receive any kind of support they may need, whether it be financial, extensions on school work and more. 

The Wellness Center offered an Emotional Support Space over Zoom for students impacted by Hurricane Ida. Although no students signed up to attend, Guy Caprio, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, said he, “Felt good about creating the space if needed” and shared a Natural Disaster Statement of Support on their website.

Courtesy of Aislinn Kincaid Nolan As Hurricane Ida cleared through property that came in its path, Uptown New Orleans was also devastated during the catastrophe.

Aislinn Kincaid Nolan, a 19-year-old sophomore from uptown New Orleans said her family boarded up their home and stayed through the storm, as evacuation wasn’t mandatory in their area. 

“They were very ready for it, they had a clear plan,” said Kincaid Nolan.

Kincaid Nolan’s family is coping pretty well in the aftermath of the storm, using a neighbor’s generator until power is restored. However, some of her friends in the area aren’t having as easy of a time. Kincaid Nolan said she heard of friends native to New Orleans struggling to find places to sleep when evacuating.

While some like Kincaid Nolan’s family chose to stick out the storm, others like sophomore Ethan Dupas’ family chose to evacuate to nearby states like Alabama.

Dupas — who is from Arabi, a suburb of New Orleans — explained since his family home is close to a hospital, the power grid in the area has already been restored.

“Fortunately for my family and friends they didn’t have anything too severe, just the occasional tree that fell,” said Dupas. 

Dupas expressed his appreciation for the resources the school has provided for students like him, however he said he doesn’t plan to use any of them since his family is doing relatively well after the storm. 

“New Orleans is a resilient community, we’ve gone through it and people are willing to take their shirt off their back and help others out,” said Dupas.

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