Cleanup continues at waterlogged UofL

Larry Owsley
Larry Owsley

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The University of Louisville was drying out Wednesday, one day after flooding damaged nine buildings, shut off electricity to 12 others, and forced summer school students staying at Unitas Tower to another dorm. One employee broke a wrist while evacuating.

By 2:30 Wednesday morning, crews had pumped most of the water out of the buildings. A soppy mess was left behind. A computer lab in the Business School on the Belknap campus was ruined. It had just been renovated about 18 months ago for a couple hundred thousand dollars.

Vice President of Business Affairs, Larry Owsley, says the cleanup process will continue. "Today we'll have to dry everything out, start getting carpet taken up, and wall board taken down."

Two to three feet of water flooded the Business School basement. After the flood of 1997, crews built a concrete slab to keep similar damage from happening again.

"Well it didn't work. It just went over there yesterday like a waterfall," says Owsley.

Staff is trying to salvage admission documents kept in the Houchens building's basement.

University of Louisville President James Ramsey says it's the worst damage he's seen or heard of on campus. "It was very devastating to see the campus in that situation."

The only thing worse may be the price tag - which has not been calculated yet.

"We've been through nine budget cuts in nine years so it will be tough, but we'll come together and put the campus back together and move forward," Ramsey said.

The School of Public Health on the Health Sciences campus also received significant damage.

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