Dorms experience Labor Day weekend flooding

PEYTON HUSMANN, Staff Writer

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Over Labor Day weekend, Cedar Falls received a great amount of rainfall. On Monday, this not only affected many off-campus residences, but also some of the on-campus residence halls. These included Campbell, Noehren, Rider and Hagemann, with Campbell being the only hall where student rooms were affected.

“Fortunately all of the water was contained to the lower basement levels and unoccupied areas,” said Glenn Gray, executive director of residence.

Gray said that he did not want to downplay the effect the water had on the three to four student rooms in Campbell. When crews were dispatched to clean up, the student’s rooms were a top priority. According to Gray, no students were displaced during the situation; they only needed to move some things around during clean-up.

“The water we got in some of the basement areas and lower levels is not unlike something we have experienced in the past,” said Gray.

The Department of Residence is now planning to make improvements on how the water is managed leading into the Quads.

“We are currently doing a design to renovate the entryway to Redeker next summer, so a lot of that concrete will be replaced,” said Gray. “We are hoping that it will contribute to reduced challenges to Noehren and Rider, which adjoin that plaza area.”

Gray wanted to emphasize that living on campus is still the best option, especially for first and second-year students. He said that it has been found that on-campus living contributes to better grades and a better college experience for students. The Department of Residence is 100 percent self-funded and works hard to keep the cost of living on campus as low as possible, according to Gray.

“In terms of the flooding of the residence halls on Labor Day, we would consider that a very minor event for us,” Gray said.

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