Monday September 15, 2008

Dealing with Ike

The University of Dayton continues to clean up after high winds batter the area.

The University of Dayton was open on Monday and classes were in session, although an estimated 2,400 students were without power, according to Beth Keyes, assistant vice president for facilities management.

The storm knocked out power to the north and south student neighborhoods except for portions of Stonemill Road and Frericks Way, she said. However, residence halls, classroom buildings and other campus facilities were open and operational. 

According to Keyes, University grounds crews and tree-trimming contractors began working at 2 p.m. on Sunday to clear downed trees and branches. Many trees, including some very large ones were damaged.

The RecPlex was opened Sunday night for students, but only a few spent the night there. A handful of students from the student neighborhoods spent the night in University guest houses after their houses were damaged.

Roofing contractors were contacted on Sunday, and were busy on Monday repairing damage to roofs on residences and campus buildings, she said. Other damage was sustained to vinyl siding, downspouts and gutters, she said.

Keyes said no dollar figures for the damage were yet available.

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of media relations, at 937-229-3391 or srobinson@udayton.edu.