Hurricane Sandy peters out as campus reopens on Wednesday

44526_4239256734178_1412273074_nThe night before All Hallows’ Eve, Lauinger Library was no pretty sight. Students settled low in their cubicles, watching the the dismal rain fall slowly out of the gray, gloomy sky. Frankenstorm is over, dear Hoyas, and it’s time to get out of your pajamas and back into the ICC.

Sandy reached its peak on Monday evening, with high winds at 50 miles per hour and heavy rain. The storm’s impact centered around New York and New Jersey, sparing D.C. from the worst of the damage.

Both the federal government and all schools in D.C. will reopen today and resume normal schedules. The Metro restarted service around 2 p.m. on Tuesday. According to the Washington Post, 112,000 people lost power in the District.

University spokeswoman Stacy Kerr said that no dorm or building on campus lost power. Darnall and Village C West had the highest reports of flooding or leaking into residences, but Kerr said most reports were leaks and not floods. No students who live off campus needed to relocate on campus for any reason.

“We began planning last week,” Kerr said. “I think that the timing of the storm presented some decisions that needed to be made, primarily about food.” She added that last minute preparations were necessary at Leo’s for students to get food before the dining hall closed.

_RS24005The dining hall ended up serving an additional 3,800 items from Grab ‘n’ Go. “Those folks in the dining services did an excellent job preparing that food ahead of time, and that was a decision that was made overnight on Sunday,” Kerr said.

Chief of Police Jay Gruber came to campus with President John J. DeGioia and Vice President of Student Affairs Todd Olson to survey campus for any necessary preparation in advance of the worst of the storm. The three visited the Department of Public Safety and Leo’s to thank all the personnel working despite the closure of the University.

In the next few days, Facilities and Housing face the challenge of assessing the damage from leaks in dorms on campus. Since the hurricane increased the normal load of requests Facilities can handle, employees will begin working extended hours from the morning until 11 p.m.

Instagram Masterpiece by Matthew Fried (taken from Lau 5)

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