Students return to Cravens Hall after April 3 flooding

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Nearly 50 Cravens residents were displaced due to flooding; approximately an inch of water flooded the basement on April 3, according to junior nursing major and Resident Assistant Nik Clark. As a result, some residents were relocated to alternative housing, staying in residence halls such as East, Warren and Roberts. Other students stayed at the Holiday Inn on East Street or at home.

To ensure that no mold growth would occur, Moore Restoration Incorporated cut out 12 inches of the drywall. However, more damage was done than originally suspected, according to Executive Director of Facilities Management Layne Maloney.

Students were expected to be back in Cravens on April 10. According to Clark, however, because there was so much work to be completed, students were not able to move back into the basement of Cravens until April 13 at 8 a.m.

The experience gave those staying in residence halls a taste of what the upper class dorms are like, said Clark. Students staying in the hotels were reluctant to move back into the basement because of the amenities that the hotel offered, according to Clark.

Residents of Cravens are grateful to be back in their rooms, Clark said, and the experience has made everyone closer. Some students have designed shirts in memory of the flood, and hope to get them made.

“I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys,” Clark said.

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