Physical Plant workers rise to the challenge of Friday’s flooding

IMG_9941Most of Marshall’s physical plant crew members were called in to work this past weekend in order to clean up and repair Huntington campus buildings that sustained damage due to the heavy rains Friday, Aug. 22.

“Our crews and managers did a great job of addressing the issues,” said Brandi Jacobs-Jones, chief of staff and senior vice president for operations.

President Stephen J. Kopp thanked everyone who worked to clean up the damage caused by the storm.

“Our employees did an exceptional job getting everything back to normal in time for classes to start on Monday,” he said. “The flooding came at a critical time—just over 48 hours before classes began—and our folks did tremendous work under very difficult circumstances. Their diligence and dedication is very much appreciated.”

PhysicalPlant2_squareDamage included flooding in the basements of Jenkins Hall and the Henderson Center, in the Smith Hall parking garage and H Lot, in the electric room in East Hall and in the basement and first floor of Drinko Library. Water was reported underneath the turf on the  band practice field as well.  Minor flooding also was reported in the Smith Hall first floor atrium, the Science Building and Morrow Library.

No damage was reported to the residence halls or the Visual Arts Center.

Jacobs-Jones said an insurance adjuster was on the campus for a review and is expected to provide a report this week.


(Above) High water was evident in a number of areas Friday night on the Huntington campus, such as in front of the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center on 3rd Ave. (Below) Physical Plant crew members take a break for some pizza while working to clean up the damage caused by heavy rains Friday night.