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Burst pipe floods Coyote Village

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Coyote village on the campus of the University of South Dakota will once again be a ghost town.

After a long night that saw it's nearly 500 residents literally left out in the cold.

"It's the middle of winter, it be different if it was summer you could just pitch a tent but everyone's panicked because it's cold and all they want is a warm place to sleep." Said USD Junior Nadia Tronick.

The school says a frozen pipe burst in a laundry room around ten o'clock last night and flooded the ground floor, prompting a quick evacuation and relocation project.

But thanks to a quick thinking dorm staff -- the only thing students lost was a little bit of sleep.

"They actually entered those rooms on ground floor and moved people's belongings up so if there is a computer or clothing or  anything on the floor they moved it up on their beds even if they weren't home." Said Tena Haraldson of University Relations.

Water made its way through most of the ground floor and only three rooms suffered significant water damage, but for now the power in the three year old building is off.

"Right now it's a matter of getting some fans and getting some extraction going and getting the water cleaned up."

160 students are spending tonight in either the holiday inn or super eight all on u-s-d's dime -- the others are crashing with friends.

There is still no timetable for when coyote village will be reopened, but being technically homeless for another night doesn't seem to bother some students.

"Not really it's not really that big a deal we just kind of go with the flow here!"

And after last night's flood, they literally mean that.

In Vermillion Jake Iversen KSFY News.

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