Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Toilet troubles cause Harstad flooding

By Amelia Heath, Focus Editor

Harstad residents got an early wake-up call last Wednesday when fire alarms went off in response to an overflowing toilet on the third floor.

The restroom in the north wing on the second floor received most of the water.

The laundry room in the basement also had water damage.

Campus Safety arrived at Harstad at 5:30 a.m., as residents evacuated the building, and Facilities Maintenance arrived at about 6 a.m. to assess the damage.

Both organizations have been working to clean up the water.

Kat Slaby, resident director of Harstad hall, said the water should dry up quickly because many of the walls that received water were made of plaster, which does not absorb water.

“We were extremely lucky that none of the residents’ rooms were damaged,” Slaby said. “This is a minor technical issue that is fairly easy to repair.”