Freshman dorm floods, impacts 36 students
College is a unique experience. There are crazy roommate tales, laundry woes, and other inconveniences. Usually, flooding does not come to mind.
However, for 28 students, last night was Setting Sail 2.0. Around 10 p.m. on Sept. 6, there was a flood incident on the third floor of York River Hall East. The accident was due to a plumbing failure in a toilet on the third floor.
This resulted in several inches of water accumulating on the third floor. The water overflowed on the third floor and, in turn, leaked through ceilings and down into hallways and rooms on the second and first floor.
According to the Chief Communications Officer, Jim Hanchett, 14 rooms were impacted and a total of 36 students were affected. Staff from Housing and Residence Life relocated students into vacant rooms on campus in the meantime.
The maintenance staff and housekeeping at Christopher Newport University responded quickly to begin the initial assessment of the cause of the flood and begin clean-up. Other university officials also responded to the incident to oversee the clean-up and assist the students.
An outside company that specializes in such situations was also called in to assist with the clean up. There is no word just yet on how much damage was caused.
~Emma Dixon, Executive Producer of CNUTV~