More than a dozen facilities on the Northeastern A&M campus were affected by flooding from Tar Creek earlier this week.
“We just count our blessings,” said Dr. Glenn Mayle, NEO president. “You look at people who are losing their homes here and look at people in Coffeyville (Kan.) who have oil on top of the water. We are just fortunate that nobody has been injured and that there have been no deaths. We will work through it.”
Among the facilities taking on water were Ables Hall, the maintenance department, the art museum, NEO Fieldhouse, football fieldhouse, maintenance shed, Health and Sciences Building, the basement of Dobson and Harrill dormitories, the cafeteria in the Carter Student Union and married student apartments on the far south end of the campus.
Extensive flooding also hit the football practice field, softball and baseball fields and Robertson Field.
There is reportedly 18 inches of water in the NEO Fieldhouse and the Health and Sciences Building, which is home to the NEO nursing department, took on an estimated 2 feet of water.
The college expects to have a monetary assessment of the damage sometime next week, said Tom Poole, NEO's vice president for fiscal affairs.
“We're going to analyze what direction to go,” said Mayle, regarding damage claims.
Miami city officials are waiting to hear from the Federal Emergency Management Agency regarding the process for submitting claims.
“Right now, we are keeping meticulous records, are taking photographs of everything and how many man-hours are put in,” said Mayle, noting that the college, like all other state schools, are self-insured. “Those are things you would do anyway. Whether we do a lump sum or go independently will depend on which way we think will be the best way.”
Summer classes were cancelled this week but are expected to resume Monday. The fall semester is expected to begin as scheduled on Aug. 20.
“Our main concern is the people who will be coming to class,” Mayle said. “They have road problems and they have problems in their own homes. We're trying to be sensitive to that and not put them under additional pressure.
“And by then, we should have a much better feel of how our people in the community are doing,” Mayle said.
Due to safety concerns, students who were residing in the campus apartments this summer have been asked not to return to collect any personal items that were not removed before the flood.
“This is a terrible disaster and it saddens us to know that some of our students may have lost their personal belongings,” said Christen Stark, director of public relations and marketing, in a college press release.
“But concern for their safety requires that we not allow them back into the apartments until the flooding has receded,” Stark said.
Students must receive permission from the NEO business office (540-6223) before returning to their apartment.