Townhouse Flooding Forces Student Evacuation

Maggie Dodge 7 and 8 incurred significant damage when a pipe to the sprinkler system was stepped on. (Photo by Brendan O’Hara)
Maggie Dodge 7 and 8 incurred significant damage when a pipe to the sprinkler system was stepped on. (Photo by Brendan O’Hara)

At approximately 12:30a.m. Saturday morning, the Office of Residence Life was notified of flooding occurring on the Townhouse Greens. According to Director of Residence Life, Joanne Goldwater, a student in the attic of Maggie Dodge 7 stepped on a pipe to the sprinkler system, causing major flood damage to units 7 and 8.

Public Safety was first to respond. They arrived at the Greens, roped off the scene from a crowd of students and waited for the appropriate personnel to arrive, according to Sergeant Tony Brooks. “We had to do a bit of crowd control,” he said. They were also responding to parties taking place on the Greens.
Ridge and Lexington Park Fire Departments responded within 30 minutes to assist with the flooding and turn off the sprinkler system so that Maggie Dodge 1-6 residents would not have to be evacuated as well.

The units will have to be thoroughly dried before anything can be replaced. Goldwater expects the ceilings and flooring will be replaced, furniture may have to be replaced and the walls will be checked for moisture. An estimate for the damage has not yet been determined, according to the Physical Plant.

The residents of Maggie Dodge 7 and 8 will be temporarily relocated and provided meal tickets for the two to three weeks it could take to complete repairs. Students also lost valuables such as textbooks and electronics. While the College property is insured, personal property is not covered under the College’s insurance policy.
“The student who stepped on the pipe accepted responsibility, was very cooperating with providing information and immensely remorseful,” said Goldwater. The student will not be facing judicial charges.

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