How Texas universities are coping with Harvey
Corrections and clarifications: An earlier version of the story below misreported the approximate number of students enrolled at University of Houston. It has just over 40,000 students.
Hurricane Harvey officially made landfall in Texas Friday night, spurring flooding that has dumped billions of gallons of water along the Texas coast and displacing thousands -- many of them college students.
Though schools like Texas State University and Texas A&M University -- both roughly 100 miles away from the coast -- have experienced huge amounts of rainfall and have cancelled classes for early in the week, the biggest problem remains near the Gulf, where some Texas schools are quite literally underwater.
While rain poured from the sky and tides rose, there have been college students with displaced families and also with floods of their own. Some have gone to places like GoFundMe to seek help for those around them.
Rice University students Claire Kostic and Kathryn Bailey were awakened by an influx of floodwaters into their apartment on Sunday morning, losing everything from electronics and clothes to their furniture, according to a GoFundMe for the two music students, which was started to help replace some of the expensive musical equipment.
Crowdfunding also comes in the form of hurricane relief funds themselves, as students aim to raise money to help out their communities.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, which sits in a city that has taken on unprecedented rainfall since Harvey's advent, is relatively unharmed. However, damage to Corpus Christi is rather extensive and school is delayed until September 5.
Rice University, which is nestled in Houston's downtown, has taken on quite a bit of water. The school, which is closed through Labor Day, seems to otherwise be in good shape.
The University of Houston, a campus of over 40,000 students also nestled near downtown, will be closed through Monday, Sept. 4. Students are all safe, but flooding is extensive.
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Susannah Hutcheson is a 2017 Texas A&M graduate and a USA TODAY College digital producer. Follow her on Twitter: @susiebhutch
This story originally appeared on the USA TODAY College blog, a news source produced for college students by student journalists. The blog closed in September of 2017.