Clemson University houses student evacuees ahead of Florence


CLEMSON, SC – Clemson University is stepping up and helping out evacuees as Hurricane Florence continues to move toward the Upstate.

On Tuesday, more than 50 students from Coastal Carolina and about 20 faculty members evacuated the campus. 

“It was more of, β€˜what can I do?’ Everybody in my neighborhood is literally already gone and the only other option is to come with Coastal,” said Darien Mack, a Coastal Carolina evacuee staying at Clemson. 

The Junior said the choice was easy; he wanted to get away from the coast.

He packed a small bag, hoping it was enough. 

“Couple slides, couple shoes, couple socks, I was like ok I’ve got everything.”

The students drove through hours of traffic Tuesday before making it to Clemson.

“Nine hours, a lot of traffic, a lot of body aching from sitting in a seat for a long time,” said Coastal Carolina Junior  Joshua Mishou.  

Mishou told 7 News that this was the second time he’s had to evacuate campus. Two years ago, he also took a bus up to Clemson. 

University officials put evacuees up in Johnstone Hall, a retired dorm facility that wasn’t in use.

“We went through over Sunday monday and Tuesday, got the rooms clean, got the bathrooms prepared, brought in all paper products,” explained Kathy Bush Hobgood, Assistant Vice President for housing and dining. 

The college evacuees are provided access to dining halls, the gym, and other areas on campus while they wait to see what happens with the hurricane. 

“Thanks for having us, we appreciate it,” said Mack. 

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