Coe College open for staff, remains on limited power

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or

2008-07-03 17:33:18 - General

Most of the Coe College campus remained safe and dry during last week's epic Cedar Rapids flood. However, the campus remains on limited power due to floodwaters that invaded the college's Physical Plant building on the northwestern corner of the campus, along Coe Road.

The flooding of the Physical Plant building caused power to be lost for the main campus, which is the traditional campus located between Coe Road and College Drive. Consequently, since June 12, much of Coe has been without electricity. The electricity is expected to be restored by early next week. Meantime, most buildings on the main campus are likely to be without air conditioning for some time, as the system was also knocked out by the floodwaters.

Over the weekend, temporary generators were installed at key locations on campus to allow for the operation of essential computer systems and offices. Coe staff members returned to campus on Tuesday, June 17, to reopen the college, with many required to relocate offices to areas which have power - the east campus (east of College Drive) and Stuart Hall.

Most Coe students have returned home or are staying with friends in the area as summer classes and summer research have been suspended until the power is fully restored. Approximately a dozen students who were unable to return home are being housed in Coe apartments that have electricity.

In addition, athletic camps and other conferences scheduled at Coe through June 28 have been cancelled.

Coe began reaching out to the community before the flood began, and is continuing to do so as the recovery process begins. Countless stories have come to light of faculty, staff and students who readily joined community efforts to fill and stack sandbags, as well as volunteer in a variety of other ways. Some temporary medical staff members at St. Luke's hospital are staying in the Coe apartments, and the college will open other facilities for flood recovery related uses when power returns to the entire campus.

Any entities that would like to make a request for the temporary use of space on the Coe campus once the power is restored can contact the president's office at 399-8686. Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.