By Lillian Brown
Cincinnati Herald Intern
Twenty-six Northern Kentucky University were met with a wet dilemma during their first week of school when a pipe burst in their University Suites dorm forcing them to relocate. The damage occurred on August 20.
Immaya Hughes, an NKU junior, who lives on the first floor of the dorm, said the pipe burst flooded her bathroom, soaking her clothes and rug.
“It’s definitely been a stressful day. We didn’t know what was going on. I think the fire alarm went off around 5:30 p.m. and I didn’t get settled into my new room until about 2:30 in the
morning” said Hughes.
Only 16 suites were damaged in the flood.
The flood was an unexpected complication for NKU since only half of its 2,000 dorm rooms were being used for students with the COVID-19 restrictions in place.
Shiann Massie, an NKU junior and roommate of Hughes, was inside of her room when the fire alarm went off forcing her evacuation before she could get any of her belongings.
Massie stated: “This is not the stress that I needed. I am in the nursing program and it’s already somewhat stressful. We had just moved in and now it’s like I have to move again and relocate all my stuff.”
Both girls were settling into their rooms while beginning the first week of classes when they found themselves overwhelmed with moving while trying to complete their assignments by professors. This situation comes at a time when students are trying to social distance. However, NKU accommodated students that were affected by the pipe burst by sending emails to the professors explaining the situation and allowing students time to adjust.
In a statement, NKU said the flooding was caused by stress fractures on the interior of the pipe.
WCPO 9 NEWS REPORTER WHITNEY MILLER PARTNERED WITH THE CINCINNATI HERALD TO SPEAK WITH THE UNIVERSITY AND SOME OF THOSE DISPLACED STUDENTS.