Flooding Leaves Students Soggy and Sad

By Haley Bartlett—Copy Editor


Every student or resident of Chattanooga is fully aware of the bipolar weather patterns. Forecasts of 15% chance of rain definitely mean a tsunami will break out on your way to class. This past week has proven that having a university at the bottom of a mountain deems it a flood zone, and to many students annoyance, a zone where we still have to trudge to class hoping not to drown.

Earlier, in the fall semester of this year, there were two full weeks in which we were hit with non-stop rain. A time where I personally had rain water splashed on me by cars—definitely funnier in the movies. For students and professors alike, walking on campus for an education should not have to result in such a soggy manner.

So why does UTC never close campus?

One of the most comical parts of this past week’s flooding was the mass email sent to the students about the flooding on Oak Street, a street that houses lecture halls and residence halls. The email advised cars to be moved and warned against driving in such weather, yet we still had class the next day. For a lot of students, not only is walking on campus a hazard during these times, but driving is, too. Commuters have to deal with the dangerous road conditions all over the city and then make it to campus only to trudge to class in flood zones.

We cannot cancel class whenever it rains, and that is understandable. But when an email has to warn students about driving and parking, action should be taken. Chattanooga, due to its location, receives more rain water in volume than Seattle each year, and such statistics should be accounted for, especially in relation to students on or off campus and their safety as well as sanity. There is nothing worse than arriving to your 8 a.m. with wet socks and a soggy notebook. To top it off, half of the campus is a construction zone, resulting in longer ways to class on gravel or muddy pathways. It’s safe to say gravel doesn’t hold up very well in the rain.

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