Flooding, high winds leave College submerged
September 30, 2010
Remnants of tropical storm Nicole hitting the Hampton Roads area caused flooding across the College of William and Mary campus in lower levels of academic buildings, administrative buildings and dormitories Wednesday and Thursday.
Affected buildings included Ewell Hall, the admissions building, Morton Hall, the Facilities Maintenance building, the Campus Center, the Bryan Complex, Chandler Hall, the Ludwell Complex, the Randolph Complex and Jefferson Hall. The College bookstore also was subject to roof leaks.
Due to a clogged drainage pipe, areas of James Blair Drive near the Sadler Center had visible flooding in excess of one foot in depth.
The rains started early Wednesday morning, but flooding did not begin until late Wednesday night when the storms grew in intensity. Flooding continued Thursday night under further heavy rainfall. Rain is expected to remain in the area through early Friday morning.
College spokeswoman Suzanne Seurattan said the College was working to resolve damage and drainage issues as quickly as possible.
“Facilities Maintenance crews, with the help of some contractor support, have been working non-stop to dry up the water and clear drains where necessary,” Seurattan said in an e-mail. “Crews will be on-campus [Thursday night] should any additional issues arise.”
Damage estimates have not been released.