Nine students and faculty from Mount Aloysius College were on a community service trip to a school in Kentucky this morning when flash flooding put their lives at risk.
Dylan Huberman spoke with college officials to find out how things went.
Dylan. I can only confirm that the band is being flown home to Pennsylvania as we speak. And luckily no one was hurt. The school’s vice president of marketing and communications, Sam Wagner, says the situation was tense.
“Cell service was cut there and it was really a challenge to communicate with anyone there, which always makes it worse.”
But a student’s international cell phone saved the day, and the National Guard got them out of harm’s way.
“One of the students had an international phone plan, so they were finally able to contact us with that.”
“And as soon as they reached out to us, we started reaching out to the parents, obviously, and making sure everyone was aware of the situation, of what was going on.”
Wagner spoke to the students by phone and said they showed their true colors in the face of adversity. The first thing they tell me is how heartbroken they are for school.
And, you know, that says a lot about the kind of people that are out there on this trip right now, because the college intends to pick themselves up, will definitely establish some kind of support here a once things get sorted out there and offer some sort of support for that community as they deal with that.
Wagner says the band should get back into public relations within the next few hours.