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USD students displaced for a second night

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Nearly 500 USD students are still homeless Tuesday night after a burst pipe flooded the ground floor of the Coyote Village dormitory. Residents are either staying with friends or are being put up in nearby hotels.

It's night two of the Coyote Village evacuation and for many residents they're still recovering from a long, uncomfortable situation.

"Last night actually found a place to stay at about 1 o'clock in the morning at my friends apartment and I ended up sleeping on the hardwood floor because they lent out all the other beds they had to other people." Said Matt Haase.

Haase is a sophomore at USD and is now staying at the Super 8 Motel. He and hundreds of other displaced residents have made finding a vacant room impossible in Vermillion. By suddenly living off campus, some students view this situation as the glass half empty.

"It's kind of an inconvenience going back-and-forth to get my stuff, my books, my computer, my clothes so I'm ready to get back in there." Said Ben Kramer.

While others see it as the glass half full.

"We're fighting over a king-size bed right now that's about the biggest worry we have right now, that and we have some food back in the dorms we're worried might spoil and that's about it." Said Keyen Lage.

The school's professors have been understanding of the situation but unfortunately for some students the class schedule didn't change.

"I know a few people still had to wake up and take test at 8 o'clock in the morning after staying up all night trying to find a place sleep... Yeah it's rough." Said Haase.

Any other night the Coyote Village would be completely lit up, but as you can see the power is still turned off. That's large in part due to water leaking into the mechanical room and onto the building's electrical equipment. But the school says they're optimistic they'll get the nearly 500 students that call this place home back in soon.

 "I've heard we got several more days, I'm not looking forward to it." Said Haase.

"Hopefully it's not a couple days, hopefully can get in there tomorrow." Said Kramer.

The school says only a handful of rooms saw any kind of water damage but they are still waiting for the right parts to be found and installed before students will be let back in.

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