Marshall housed approximately 275 out-of-state utility workers brought in by Appalachian Power to help the company restore power following the June 29 record-breaking storm that damaged electrical infrastructure across much of the Mid-Atlantic.
The workers stayed in three of the four Marshall Commons residence halls on the Huntington campus beginning last weekend, said Dr. Karen Kirtley, senior vice president for administration.
Kirtley said Appalachian Power contacted Marshall for availability when the large number of workers brought in for the recovery created a lodging need well beyond the capacity available at area hotels and motels. Marshall's Huntington campus has had power since Saturday, June 30, although the university did suffer about $95,000 in damage and its South Charleston campus and Mid-Ohio Valley Center were closed the following Monday due to power outages.
“Our Huntington campus has been fortunate to have power… so President Kopp offered our facilities and any assistance we can give to the state and local emergency services,” Kirtley said. She added that the campus was on a standby to house local elderly residents; however, Appalachian Power quickly restored power to the high-rise housing facilities and residence halls have not been needed for that purpose.
“We are glad to be available for Appalachian Power and its workers. I know they are working long days in this remarkable heat to get all of us back up, so we will do what we can to help.” Kirtley said at the time.
Photo: Marshall workers clean up the damage on the Huntington campus from the June 29 storm.
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