University of South Dakota students displaced due to a water main break will spend another night away from their dorm—on the school's tab.
USD issued a news release Wednesday stating that the school will pay for another night of lodging to accommodate the students who were displaced by Monday night's water pipe break in Coyote Village.
At approximately 10:00 pm Monday, a pipe burst flooding parts of the dormitory. As of Wednesday, the broken pipe was replaced and repairs were being made to the electrical components damaged by water from the break. Students will be lodged elsewhere again tonight because officials are uncertain of the buildings status regarding the break.
About 280 students spent last night at three local hotels and students are being shuttled to campus from those hotels. The University also provided 75 pizzas that were delivered to students at the hotels.
The 500 residents of Coyote Village will continue to have access to their rooms until 5:00 pm Wednesday to retrieve clothes and belongings during the daylight hours.
"We have great students who are being very supportive and understanding of the process despite the inconvenience," Kimberly Grieve, dean of students said in a news release. "However, significant progress has been made and we're optimistic that students will be able to return to their Coyote Village rooms sooner than expected."
Later Wednesday afternoon water and power were restored in the dormitory. Residents will be able to move back into their rooms at 7:30 am Thursday.
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