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Classes, residence halls to open on schedule

August 12th, 2009

Three University of Louisville residence halls that had water damage during the Aug. 4 flood will be ready for occupancy no later than Saturday, Aug. 15.

Cleanup of Unitas Towers, Threlkeld Hall and Miller Hall has been one of the top priorities for cleanup, said Larry Owsley, vice president for business affairs.

The other priority was finding classroom space for classes scheduled in the College of Education and Human Development Building, said Provost Shirley Willihnganz.

Diesel fuel leakage from equipment in the CEHD basement into flood water has left the building uninhabitable for now.

A team has worked since the flood to find alternate space on and around campus for the more than 200 classes that take place there, she said.

CEHD is finalizing the alternate locations and intends to post a list on its website before the weekend.

University officials have estimated flood damage at $15 million, Owsley said.

Despite that, Willihnganz said, UofL is working to make sure that everything is ready for students coming back to campus for the start of fall semester.

“We are here, we are still going to provide a topnotch education, we are still serving students and we won’t quit,” she said.

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