Floods put Blocker, YMCA classrooms out of commission
Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 00:10
The aftermath of Sunday’s powerful storm left its mark with water damage that has put several classrooms out of commission. The YMCA and Blocker Building each took a hit from the flooding, leading to the cancelation of classes.
Due to the architectural structure of these buildings and the amount of rain that hit Bryan-College Station over the weekend, flooding damage was nearly inevitable.
“We have had several issues over the last couple of years,” said Andy Armstrong, director of advising for the College of Liberal Arts. “The way the building is angled, the north side of Blocker gets hit the worst, and the YMCA [Building] has a ramp leading to the bottom that has caused a lot of water build up.”
In the YMCA Building, Armstrong said the flood affected three classrooms and one computer lab, and efforts are currently being made in order to recuperate from the
“The YMCA Building is expected to be out of commission throughout Tuesday,” Armstrong said. “They have several fans going on in each room and are using de-humidifiers to try to get rid of the musty smell.”
Armstrong said SERVPRO, the company working on the restoration in Blocker, has asked for full access to the first floor all day on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Due to these requests, classes in the first floor of the building will be cancelled Tuesday and potentially Wednesday. Blocker is expected to be reopened Thursday.
Custodial supervisor Francisca Martinez said much of the carpet in the Blocker building classrooms was damaged, and the elevators were also damaged by the water.
“Since I’ve been here, this is the worst rain damage I’ve ever seen [on campus],” Martinez said.
Rachel Kaplan, freshman general studies major, said while she will enjoy the break from her political science class in Blocker, the heavy catching up her class will have to do when it resumes will be an inconvenience.
“With the way my schedule conflicts with the cancellations in Blocker, I’ll only be attending class once this week,” Kaplan said. “I didn’t realize how badly the storm affected our campus.”