Classes will resume online next week at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as the city cleans up from Hurricane Ida.
Power is the main issue, said NOBTS president Jamie Dew in a video posted the seminary’s website Aug. 31. Officials in the city have described the situation as “catastrophic transmission damage” and said it might be weeks before power is fully restored.
Dew pledged the seminary’s support to displaced students, staff and faculty, saying they will be “as flexible with you as possible” when classes resume after the Labor Day holiday.
The seminary plans to open during the day (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to students and faculty members who want to check on their residences and belongings, but Dew warned access points into the city are closing down and due to power, water and sewer issues, overnight stays are not allowed.
Despite Ida’s strong winds and heavy rains, damage at the seminary was minimal, Dew said.
Dew reiterated that seminary administrators, faculty and staff would do what they can to help each member of the NOBTS family.
“Let us know how we can help you,” he said. “We’re grateful for you. The Lord will get us through this.”