Nicholls launches crowd-funding campaign for students impacted by flooding

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University is asking for community support to help a number of Colonels who have been impacted by the 1,000-year flood that devastated Baton Rouge and surrounding areas over the weekend.

More than 40,000 homes have been damaged and 10 people killed by historic floods caused upwards of 2 feet of rainfall over the weekend.

“Over the past several days, our thoughts have been with the thousands of families impacted by the historic floods sweeping across our state,” said Nicholls President Dr. Bruce Murphy. “Some members of our Nicholls community and their families have suffered damage, and affected students now face unanticipated costs and possibly the loss of college necessities like books, supplies, clothing and campus residence items.”

To assist the Colonels in need, the Nicholls Foundation is sponsoring an online crowd-sourcing campaign titled the ‘Nicholls Emergency Flood Relief’ to assist affected students.

“One of the things that makes our Nicholls family so special is the outpouring of care and concern for our community,” Murphy said. “By coming together, we can help ensure that our affected Colonels get through these challenges as they continue to pursue their dreams of a college degree.”

With an initial goal of $10,000, the fundraiser began today and will close Aug. 31. Any funds raised that are not claimed will be used to establish savings for future emergencies.

Students impacted by the flood can call the Office of Student Affairs at 985-448-4022 for more information.

To donate visit www.nicholls.edu/relief or send a check to the University Advancement Office.

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