Emergency
& Threat Information

Tropical Storm Harvey UPDATE

Loyola University New Orleans is resuming normal operations on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

UPDATE: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 – 4:30 p.m.

This email was sent to the campus to confirm Loyola is returning to normal operations Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

Dear Loyola community,

Loyola University New Orleans will resume normal operations tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 30. Classes will be in session on both the Broadway and main campus. Our leadership remains on alert, and we do not anticipate any significant weather impact to campus at this time.

Forecasts still suggest we will see potentially heavy rain in the City of New Orleans and surrounding area through Friday but less than initially projected. As is to be expected in a tropical system, the city will remain under flash flood watch through Thursday.

We encourage everyone to use a “safety first” mentality when you commute to campus during this event and any other inclement weather event we encounter. Concerned commuter students should contact their professors to alert them of potential challenges this storm presents as it relates to your commute, and they will work with you if your commute indeed presents a hazardous situation. Loyola will not hold students responsible for classes missed due to the inability to commute to campus as a result of inclement weather. Likewise, faculty and staff should alert their supervisors of mitigating circumstances. We want you to remain safe.

The Office of Emergency Management and the Office of Marketing and Communications will continue to update the university community via email, the website and social media, as warranted.

See you tomorrow and stay safe.

UPDATE: Monday, August 28, 2017 – 5:30 p.m.

This email was sent to the campus to confirm a campus suspension of operations tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017

Dear Loyola community,

At 4 p.m. today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a press conference said that he would be suspending city operations tomorrow Tuesday, Aug 29 and asked residents of New Orleans to stay off the roads and stay at home, if possible.

As a result of the mayor’s declaration and in good partnership with the city, Loyola will also suspend normal operations tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017 out of an abundance of caution. Classes are cancelled tomorrow. Dining services will be available for students. Emergency essential employees are asked to report to work or notify their supervisor of commuting concerns.

As you know, Loyola is located on relatively higher ground.  Our campus did not flood nor was it impacted by the diminished pumping capacity during the August 5 flooding. We do not anticipate flooding to campus at this time. Nonetheless, all of us should also prepare for the possibility of heavy rain and inclement weather over the next several days.  Please refer to the email containing safety tips to the Loyola community sent on Friday, Aug 25.

As we stated on Friday, we are not at risk of hurricane-forced winds or storm surges, but our area can expect to see potentially heavy rainfall associated with the system and potential tornadic activity as it continues to move north/northeast over the next several days. We do not at this time anticipate any changes to the weather threat to our campus.

The Office of Emergency Management and the Office of Marketing and Communications will continue to update the university community via email, the website and social media, as warranted.

Update: Monday, August 28, 2017 – 9:30 a.m.

While the major impacts from Hurricane Harvey have primarily been in the Texas areas extending from Corpus Christi to Houston and east into the western portion of Louisiana, the outer bands of the tropical system will actually begin impacting New Orleans today. We remain confident that these rain bands will not impact our operations, but we also remain vigilant and in constant communication with weather experts and emergency management officials.

Rainfall today will be sporadic and totals could reach 6 inches total over the coming days. Due to the uncertainty of the timing and intensity of these rain bands, there is a possibility they might result in typical flash flooding of low lying areas as well as areas with poor drainage.We do not anticipate any campus flooding nor any interruption in campus operations at this time.

A federal disaster declaration has been confirmed for the State of Louisiana. This is primarily in response to the impact to the western portion of the state and in advance of any other potential impacts across the state. We want to reiterate that while we will receive rain in New Orleans (and potentially intense rainfall), we do not anticipate any interruption to normal campus operations at this time.

As always, we will continue to monitor the situation and coordinate with our weather and emergency management partners. Updates will be provided as warranted.

Update: August 27, 2017 – 12:30 p.m

There is nothing significant or new to report for our area. The University remains under normal operations and does not anticipate changes to this status throughout the week.

As previously mentioned, the rainfall predictions for our area remain lower than initially forecast, but we will remain vigilant throughout the week. Forecasts still suggest the New Orleans area could see up to six inches of rain throughout the week. Any shifts in the trajectory of the storm could change our local severe weather forecast and impact. The campus remains poised to respond to any impacts Harvey may cause.

As always, we will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as warranted.

Update: August 26, 2017 – 12:00 p.m

Hurricane Harvey is steadily weakening and some reports indicate it is no longer of hurricane strength. The current models for Harvey indicate a more northward trajectory, which would mean much less rainfall for our area than predicted. While we are currently sunny and dry, the New Orleans area can expect rainfall into next week with the heaviest of rainfall likely occurring on Monday.

As always, we will continue to monitor the situation and coordinate with our weather and emergency management partners. Updates will be provided as warranted.

Update: August 25, 2017 – 8:00 p.m.

Although Hurricane Harvey has intensified and become a Category 4 storm, the situation remains unchanged for New Orleans and Loyola. The greater New Orleans area does not anticipate experiencing any hurricane-forced winds or storm surge. The University remains operating under normal conditions as we continue to prepare for heavy rainfall beginning Sunday and possibly lasting through Wednesday or Thursday of next week.

Updates will continue to be provided here as warranted.

Update: August 25, 2017 – 12:40 p.m.

There are no new updates at this time. Please refer to the below message (from August 24) for current information.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide additional information as warranted. Future messages will also continue to be placed on Loyola’s homepage.

Update: August 24, 2017 – 9:30 p.m.

As you may have heard on the news, Hurricane Harvey has developed in the Gulf and is projected to make landfall in south Texas near Corpus Christi on Saturday. While we are not at risk of hurricane-forced winds or storm surges, our area can expect to see potentially heavy rainfall associated with the system as it moves north/northeast beginning Sunday and lasting into next week.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Out of an abundance of caution, on-campus precautions and safety measures are currently underway by Emergency Management, Student Affairs, Residential Life, LUPD, and Physical Plant in preparation for possible inclement weather, power outages, and any flash flooding in the greater New Orleans area.

As you know, Loyola is located on relatively higher ground. Campus did not flood nor was it impacted by the diminished pumping capacity during the August 5 flooding. We do not anticipate flooding to campus at this time. Nonetheless, all of us should also prepare for the possibility of heavy rain over the next several days.  An email containing safety tips will go out to the Loyola community Friday morning.

The Office of Emergency Management and the Office of Marketing and Communications will continue to update the university community via email, the website, and social media.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide additional information as warranted.