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FACILITIES: Storm causes flooding, damage to some campus buildings (8:17 p.m. Aug. 10): Facilities Director Bob Wells reports flooding and some interior damage to various buildings on campus as a result of Saturday night's storm and heavy rainfall in Clemson. Clemson University police officers and Facilities staff spent Sunday checking every campus building to assess the storm's impact.
Martin Hall E & O and Strom Thurmond Institute Self Auditorium appear to be the most severely affected. Various companies will be called in to assist with clean-up and repair. Contract employees are on campus cleaning and drying out spaces in many of the affected buildings.
The impacted buildings were:
- Biosystems Research Complex – Ground level lobby flooded under entry door, needs drying out.
- Brackett Hall — Roof leaks in rooms 420 and 427.
- Brooks Center for Performing Arts – Roof leaked over band rehearsal room 112, needs to be dried out.
- Class of 1956 Academic Success Center – Auditorium room 118 and entry hall flooded. It can be used while new carpet and hall tile are on order.
- Edgar Brown University Union — Ballroom restrooms out of order until cleared.
- Fluor Engineering Innovation Building — Ceiling tiles down in lab in room 114.
- Freeman Hall — Machine Shop.
- Godfrey — Basement near loading dock.
- Hardin Hall — Minor damage to ground floor and flooding in several areas, including two computer labs.
- Holtzendorff – Ceiling leak caused flooding in two rooms in the basement. The area has been cordoned off until Facilities staff tests for asbestos content in the ceiling. If positive, that will be addressed before clean-up.
- Jordan Hall – G14 office sustained a ceiling leak. It will be dried and damaged ceiling tile replaced.
- Kinard Lab – Flooding in G-12 and G 13 labs & G-14 mechanical room. Drying and clean-up needed.
- Lee Hall — Fallen ceiling in basement and 118, water in electrical panel in Lee 3 mechanical room. Additional assessment under way.
- Long Hall - Minor flooding in B36,
- needs to be dried.
- Mell Hall -- Office and bathroom in basement sustained minor flooding.v
- Martin Hall E -- Graduate student offices need to be dried and cleaned. Most should be ready for start of classes.
- Martin Hall O -- About 10 offices and restrooms were flooded with muddy water. These rooms are being dried and then cleaned by ServPro before determining if tile floor needs replacement.
- Olin Hall — G12 mechanical room pump overflow.
- Newman Hall – Roof leak caused ceiling tile damage in lab 106; 105 office and lab 104A. Needs to be cleaned and dried.
- Rhodes — Mechanical room.
- Strom Thurmond Self Auditorium, entry foyer and internal stairway — Heavy flooding with mud and water damage. Walls, flooring, seating will need to be replaced. Auditorium will be unusable for some time.
As staff and faculty return to work Monday, they can report additional issues or impacted areas to the building security coordinators and department offices.
Clemson University Police Chief Johnson Link cautions all employees to be mindful of safety conditions as repair work progresses.
"Barring any further rainfall and resulting effects, most areas, except for Martin, STI auditorium and Holtzendorff basement, should be ready for school opening next week," Wells said.