Coe repairs damage, provides flood recovery support

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2008-07-14 08:58:18 - General

Despite sustaining damage from last month's floodwaters, Coe College is providing support for flood recovery. The college has provided hundreds of overnight stays in its dormitories and apartments since mid-June, and is making office and meeting space available to organizations affected by the flood.

Coe's Physical Plant Building, located on the northwestern corner of campus, was flooded, knocking out power on much of the campus from June 12 through June 20. Some Coe facilities again lost power from July 11 through July 14, due to flood-related damage to the college's infrastructure. Many campus buildings have also been without air conditioning since the flood, with service currently being restored.

In the midst of these difficulties, the college has provided housing for a variety of groups and individuals who have either been displaced by the flood, or are helping in flood relief efforts. Among the groups are medical personnel brought in to work at St. Luke's Hospital, security officers, electricians, and relief workers from various organizations. United Way 211 workers are staying at Coe, as well as Heart of Iowa Area Substance Abuse Council clients. All totaled, between 50 and 100 people are being housed at Coe on any given night.

In addition, the college has provided space for various meetings to groups such as the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and First Presbyterian Church, and is providing office space for the district court.

Finally, Coe officials are holding ongoing discussions with several performing arts groups about the possibility of utilizing Sinclair Auditorium and other campus facilities for their performances as needed in the coming months.

Along with the Physical Plant building, college personnel have been busy cleaning and restoring three small student residences located on E Avenue NE that were impacted by the flood. College officials expect all buildings and systems to be fully operational well before the start of classes in August.