The Future of the University of Lynchburg:  Storm Preparedness on Campus

A photo of the Criminology House

Mattox Cash ~ Guest Writer

     In the past few years, the city of Lynchburg has been hit with several severe storms that have caused damage to both the city and the University of Lynchburg campus. 


     While there is information on how students can keep themselves safe, public information pertaining to the University’s storm readiness is sparse. 

     Hannah Pine, a junior environmental science major, said, “Institutions do not want the fault on themselves…they are going to say, ‘We follow the city guidelines, we follow the county guidelines.’…I do think transparency is possible, but it comes down to accountability.” 


     Hannah Orndorff, a junior environmental studies major, said, “If something were to flood, I do not know where I would go.  If there is a tornado, I am not really sure what we are supposed to do…It is one of those things that I feel like we need transparency because there is so much that could happen that we do not know what to do if they were to happen.”

     According to WSLS, in July 2019 a storm struck Lynchburg and cleared several trees across the city, one of which destroyed the criminology house on campus.  To date, no repairs have been done to the building. 


     The summer storm also highlighted the university’s need for improved water drainage around campus, as instances of flooding were reported across the campus, both inside and outside of the buildings. 


     Pine said, “If you look around, the majority of our campus is impervious surfaces, so the water that lands on the concrete just kind of either stays there or it rolls off to the ground, and the ground is made to absorb the water that hits the ground, but when you pour five cups of water on one square foot, you have reached saturation and you are done, and that is why you get the flooding…there are ways to fix it… but it does cost the school aesthetically, which is where the big issue is…we are just putting too much onto the normal capacities of our environment.”


     Orndorff states, “It is not even just the cost of the environment, it is the cost of safety.” 




Emergency Procedures.  Retrieved November 10, 2019, from



Hazardous-Weather-FAQ.  Retrieved November 10, 2019, from


Storm Cleanup Continues at University of Lynchburg.  Retrieved November 11, 2019, from



Hannah Pine:


Hannah Orndorff:


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