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Vitter pens letter urging Florida governor to stop game

U.S. Sen. David Vitter wrote a letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott today regarding the status of LSU’s game football game against florida, currently scheduled for Saturday at noon (EST).

In the letter, Vitter asks Scott to move LSU’s football game against Florida, currently scheduled to be held in Gainesville, to another location or postpone the game.

“As Louisiana’s senior Senator and a citizen of the State whose family was affected by Katrina, I can assure you that moving a football game to another location to ensure the safety and well-being of several thousand people will be the easiest decision you will make today,” Vitter writes.

He cites the trauma of Hurricane Katrina as an example of the dangers Hurricane Matthew could bring to Florida.

“The people of Louisiana know all too well the dangers associated with hurricanes of his magnitude as they hit land. The scars left by Hurricane Katrina, which hit over 11 years ago, resulted in over 1,800 fatalities in the Louisiana-Mississippi area and devastated the region, including florida,” the letter reads.

University of Florida Athletics tweeted yesterday that the game would be held in Gainesville, with only the time being in question. Hurricane Matthew is currently projected to have Category 4 strength, and could become a Category 5 storm, according to The Weather Channel.

See the full letter below:


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