Who wants to row to class?
Published: Friday, September 27, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 16:09
When it rains it definitely floods here in San Angelo.
Unless the streets are redone with storm drains how is everyone expected to get to class on a rainy day? It seems to be impossible.
In our acceptance letter there should be a memo: “Don’t forget to bring your umbrella, good tennis shoes and rain boots.” You could ask every student on campus about the rain we get in San Angelo and most likely, you will hear the same sigh and groan. Every time we get more than a sprinkle of rain here, Johnson Street floods and students have to swim from one class to the next.
Every student knows what it is like to have to cross Johnson Street. There are huge puddles of water that build up and it doesn’t help when cars zip by splashing the water up on the sidewalk. All over campus, not only at the Johnson Street crosswalk, there are large puddles delaying the usual routes students take to get to their classes or even their dorms. There is no point of trying to jump over the puddles because it is difficult enough not to submerge your feet in the water. Several students have to walk in the middle of the road to avoid the large puddle that gathers at the ramp.
What about those who are disabled? Those large puddles of water are going to splash on their clothes and make it harder to maneuver across campus. If the disabled were not able to make it to class, would their absence be excused? The rain and low level areas pose a serious threat to any student on campus. As long as the campus has required students to cross that street, you would think that there would be some sort of solution to the issue by now.
The university does a good job of sending weather alerts to students and faculty alerting them of the conditions, not only on campus but around town.
San Angelo has poor storm drain systems and only the local government can actually take action and do something about it. Since San Angelo rarely gets rain and there have not been many serious accidents the two days it rained. The water from the rain eventually disapperas once the sun comes back out.
Really all we can do is get some good rain boots, and that’s not really a university issue, unless they want to use some of the nice money we are feeding them and buy every student a pair.
This picture to the right is part of a storm drain system. If we had them, our problem would not exist. We are not a big city and we do not see rain as often, but let’s be considerate of when we do.
While administrators are cozy and dry in their office, they can look out the window and see students swimming, rowing and hanging on to a rope at the edge of the curb, trying to make it from one class to another. All the students want is the rain not to be an issue when getting from class to class. Is that too much to ask?