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University of Florida president offers Irma evacuees a ride to school's shelter

University of Florida President Kent Fuchs stopped to offer two Irma evacuees a ride to one of the school's storm shelters after seeing them walking in the rain Sunday, September 10. Photo: Victoria Lehoczky

University of Florida President Kent Fuchs stopped to offer two Irma evacuees a ride to one of the school's storm shelters after seeing them walking in the rain Sunday.

Victoria Lehoczky and her roommate were carrying their luggage along the side of the road when they saw a car "slowly stop," Lehoczky said.

"We had just left our dorm to walk 2.5 miles to the shelter (which would have taken us like an hour and a half walking in the rain) when we just saw a car slowly stop and President Fuchs got out and addressed himself," Lehoczky said. "He then asked us where we needed to go because he saw us carrying our things and offered to take us to the shelter.

"It would have been a long long walk and there was no transportation," she continued. "He was a very kind person to do what he did because he was going the opposite way to do some other things he needed to do."

University of Florida classes are cancelled through Wednesday due to Irma's predicted path.

The school opened two shelters Sunday -- one in its Steinbrenner Band Hall and one in its Southwest Recreation Center -- for "affiliated members of the UF community and their families," according to the UF website.

The one in Steinbrenner is currently full.


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