Last night, around 8:30 p.m., the entrance and main lobby of Yates Field House flooded due to the severe thunderstorms. After the storm subsided, a Voice staffer on site reported that students at the gym and members of the football team gathered to clean up the flood with buckets.
Yates remains open this morning and did not close last night because the flooding only spread to the entrance, main lobby, and second floor. The flood did not reach the bottom floor and students were able to access the facilities.
“A group of guys on the football team were finishing up workouts and about to leave but when we got upstairs the water outside Yates was almost up to our calves and it was beginning to flood inside,” Fino Caliguire (COL ’13), offensive lineman for the Georgetown football team, said this morning to Vox. ”We saw that the there were extra buckets and mops so we helped dump water off the balcony and push the water outside for about an hour until there was nothing left for us to do.”
A Yates employee reported today that most other employees were out of the office because of the flooding. He also stated that some computers were not working yet. Another employee at the front desk said that there is no more flood water and the carpets just need to be dried. Vox could not yet reach any employees who were on site during the flood last night.
According to The Weather Channel, the thunderstorm began at 8 p.m. and continued until 9 p.m., with light rain following through the rest of the night. The forecast for the rest of the week predicts a relatively thunderstorm-free week till Friday with scattered storms during the weekend.
Photo and additional reporting by Kevin Joseph