University of Louisville officials say despite extensive damage from the August fourth flash flood, they are ready for hundreds of incoming freshman to move in this week.
President James Ramsey says damage done to the university this month has been worse than the 1937 flood, the ’94 blizzard, the ’08 tornado and windstorm and the ice storm earlier this year. They’ve estimated 15-million in flood damage. Ramsey says more than 90 buildings sustained some type of water damage, and three of their residence halls took on significant damage.
“Our residence halls were our top priority,” says Ramsey, “The three dorms were closed last week, but opened this past weekend, and students have begun to move to campus.”
More than 200 classes for the fall semester have been moved to other campus locations, while further repair work continues. Provost Shirley Willihnganz says they’re in the process of notifying students.
“Students affected will all be getting emails, there’s a meeting going on with faculty so faculty will know where all their classes have been moved to, they’re checking out spaces to make sure it will all work for the classes they have to teach there,” Willihnganz. “We’ll have a full-page ad in the Louisville Cardinal, which will indicate all the new places where classes are.”
About 700 students moved to campus last weekend, and officials expect most of the freshman residents to move in this Thursday and Friday. Fall classes start at the university on Monday.