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Severe weather caused downed trees and flooding in buildings on LSU campus

A tree fell on part of the French House on campus. (Source: Cheryl Mercedes/WAFB) A tree fell on part of the French House on campus. (Source: Cheryl Mercedes/WAFB)
Crews try to clean up the tree that fell on part of the LSU French House. (Source: Cheryl Mercedes/WAFB) Crews try to clean up the tree that fell on part of the LSU French House. (Source: Cheryl Mercedes/WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The storms that passed through Baton Rouge caused damage in some areas, including many reports about downed trees and high water on the LSU campus.

Some students at LSU were in class and others were huddled in the hallways of their dorms when they saw the bad weather coming.

Meanwhile, a construction crew with nowhere to go, had no choice but to wait and watch.

One man witnessed an oak tree crush his pickup truck.

What started off as an ordinary morning at LSU quickly turned into utter chaos for students getting ready to begin their day.

“An RA (Resident Assistant) showed up and told all the students to go into the hall to get away from the windows,” Thomas Kirkpatrick said.

“There were tons of students flying downstairs trying to get to the first floor,” Bailey Gstohl said.

The rain pounded campus, flooding streets, and in some cases, classrooms.

Student, Rachel Croy, and her classmates said they sloshed through at least two inches of water inside of Lockett Hall.

“It was dark, a lot or lightning. It was scary,” Croy said.

The wind cut through campus like a knife, shredding trees, even snapping old oaks.

Construction company owner Lonnie Kimble was working inside of the LSU French House, an honor college building that is being renovated, when the storm hit. He said his crew had to stop working and take cover inside a building with few windows and no doors.

“The storm was coming in. It was obvious. The dust was blowing around on the inside. It was dark and the wind was really bad, “Kimble said.

Kimble watched as the huge tree outside crushed his and three other workers' trucks. Kimble said he almost took cover in his pickup.

“It was pretty bad on the inside of the building. So I thought about going and sitting and the truck. I'm glad I didn't now,” Kimble said.

The tree landed right on top of the driver's side door.

“It probably took a second or two maybe and then it was all over with,” Kimble said.

No one got hurt, but the storm left a mark on LSU. One students, teachers, and visitors won't soon forget.

“It was short storm, so it was impressive. The damage in just the amount of time,” Kirkpatrick said.

LSU Facility Services arrived on scene around noon to begin the process of removing the tree limbs and any debris around the area to get the trucks out of the area. Crews were in the process of trying to get the water and debris removed.

Classes will resume at LSU on Tuesday.

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