Despite the destruction caused by flooding on campus during the first week of July, the fall semester at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College will begin as scheduled, according to campus officials.

Amy Ishmael, vice president of enrollment management, said she has received calls from many concerned students who were afraid that classes would not open in August.

“The vast majority of our classroom buildings were not impacted by the flood waters; therefore, classes will be ready to resume on Aug. 20, Ishmael said.

A restoration company is working daily to improve the air quality in the second-floor apartments so that students may return to them as soon as possible, Ishmael said.

The flood waters, which reached heights of 3 to 4 feet in the first-floor apartments, contained toxic bacteria, according to campus officials.

Students who were housed in the first-floor apartments will be offered alternative housing in vacant second-floor apartments when the air quality in the units reaches acceptable levels.

Ishmael said students will be able to move into the dorms as scheduled. Check-in and move-in for students who plan to live in the dorms is still scheduled for Aug. 17.

As is tradition on the NEO campus, the college will host Welcome Day on Aug. 18 as students return.

“Welcome Day this year will be an extra special event, said Christen Stark, director of public relations and marketing. “I think seeing the students returning to campus will be a real signal to everyone that NEO pulled together to make sure that our tradition of pride and excellence will still continue.

Students can still enroll and apply for admission. Ishmael said that the flooding did require some classroom assignments to be moved to different locations.

Students are encouraged to visit the admissions office to determine if they will need to report to another classroom.

NEO is still hosting a clothing drive for those students who were displaced by the flooding.

The clothes are in the NEO Library, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

NEO officials have also worked to find temporary housing for students still displaced.

Students in need of housing who have not been in contact with the Stark should contact her office at 540-6211.