Statement from Gregory L. Fenves, president of The University of Texas at Austin:
We have received confirmation from UT staff on-site at the university’s Marine Science Institute (MSI) in Port Aransas of extensive damage to MSI facilities from the hurricane. Although the pier and the R/V Katy weathered the storm, several buildings experienced roof failures and serious water damage. Staff members will not be able to reoccupy the buildings until extensive repairs have been made. John Sharp, the chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, has offered the temporary use of facilities at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, for which I am deeply grateful. In consultation with Linda Hicke, dean of the College of Natural Sciences, and Robert Dickey, director at MSI, we are making plans to move forward.
Despite the damage, additional loss was averted through the conscientious efforts of MSI staff members and residents of Port Aransas. On behalf of the entire UT community, I thank them for their help at this critical time. Our thoughts are with everyone in Port Aransas and in the path of the storm.