Burst Water Pipe Damages East Campus RoomsBy Zareena Hussain
Students in ten East Campus rooms will spend the next several days without water and without parts of their walls after a water pipe bursted in Walcott House early last week.
The burst pipe caused major flooding in some of the lower-level rooms in Walcott, a vertical column of rooms extending from the first to fifth floors of the East parallel of East Campus.
Walcott is currently undergoing emergency repairs as crews from Physical Plant attempt to patch the aging plumbing system.
At least one room on the second floor was rendered uninhabitable due to water damage caused by the burst and the large access ports drilled into the wall by the repair crews. One room adjacent to the flooded room and the two rooms below were also affected.
There is currently no completion date set for the work, but students hope that it will conclude quickly.
Lex Nemzer '00, who lives on the 5th of Walcott had his wall torn through last Friday. He and other affected students were told to keep the area surrounding the hole clear of any and all belongings. "It's annoying, I can't clean up," said Nemzer.
Atreyee Gupta '99, the inhabitant of the room with the greatest damage, had her suitcases and two rugs completely soaked. So far, she has not been compensated for any damages.
"Given the age of the building it would only have been a matter of time" said Bryson K. Kido '98, whose room suffered minor water damage.
The break "was just a result of old age," said Donna M. Augustine '97, the president of East Campus. "It was a fluke."
Augustine said that the breaking of the water pipe could not have been prevented "There are some things we can't control. It's what we're used to," she said.
The construction this week caused confusion in the dormitory as different messages were sent out by physical plant to house residents.
Physical plant needed to disconnect the water to the dormitory's east parallel in order to repair the plumbing. Water shutdowns were scheduled for Sept. 28 then Sept. 30th but were then cancelled.
"I couldn't shower so I smelt bad" said Michael W. Baker '00, a dormitoryresident.
"We angered the Gods." commented Robert E. Gruhl '97, another resident.
East Campus residents think of all the damages as ordinary but needing to be acted upon soon.
"We need some renovation." Augustine said.