Hundreds of UCF students request assistance in aftermath of Hurricane Ian

Officials said nearly 400 students have asked for help following Ian

Following Hurricane Ian's trek through Central Florida, many UCF students were displaced by extensive flooding. Despite that, the university is still planning to hold classes Tuesday.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – University of Central Florida said Monday that nearly 400 students have requested assistance related to Hurricane Ian.

The university said the majority of those students reside at the Arden Villas Apartments off-campus. Some of those students also had their vehicles destroyed in the flood waters.

[TRENDING: Tax holiday: Gas prices see sharp drop in Florida | News 6, Salvation Army to host donation drive for Hurricane Ian victims | Become a News 6 Insider]

Rescue crews had to help approximately 200 residents of the apartment complex — many of them UCF students — evacuate last week after flooding forced them from their homes.

According to UCF, professors are being encouraged to delay tests.

“One of my other teachers, she postponed our exams and, like, assignment so that kids still have time, and if they can’t get to class, then she will post all the Zoom shows sessions and everything,” sophomore Christina Lacal said.

Lacal and fellow student Emily King said Monday that students affected by the hurricane are looking for other places to live.

“They’ve been asking if there’s lien subleasing apartments because they need somewhere to live,” King said.

Counseling and mental health service are being offered for students, as well. UCF said the Knights Helping Knights food pantry is available as a resource.

Get today’s headlines in minutes with Your Florida Daily:

About the Author:

Troy graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. He has reported on Mexican drug cartel violence on the El Paso/ Juarez border, nuclear testing facilities at the Idaho National Laboratory and severe Winter weather in Michigan.