Students Persevere Through Unexpected Flooding in Brown HallPosted by Janae Melvin on November 29, 2016 in "Brown Hall", flooding, spirit, water On the evening of August 27, a water main break in the city of Ottawa set off a series of events on the Ottawa University campus that affected students, administration, staff and faculty. But as is the case when the going gets tough, the Ottawa spirit proved alive and well.
Due to the water main break, the entire city was placed under a boil order. Immediately upon notification of this, OU leaders and residence hall staff began gathering and delivering bottled water to campus so students would have suitable drinking water in the residence halls. In fact, within two hours of the line breaking, more than 9,000 bottles of water arrived on campus. Before the students and staff involved could celebrate this feat, another far more severe challenge presented itself.
Upon the city reestablishing water pressure to the community early in the morning of August 28, a water line failed on the 3rd floor of Brown Hall, resulting in flooding and significant damage to the building. The Red Cross reached out to offer assistance and Brown Hall residents slept on cots in the Mabee Center. The next day, the University arranged for all Brown Hall students to be housed in local hotels until the residence hall could be repaired. The University provided ongoing transportation to and from campus and organized student activities daily in the hotel lobbys for the displaced residents. It took more than three weeks but on September 23, the students returned to a newly renovated Brown Hall.
In the midst of this unfortunate inconvenience for our students, the Advancement office sent out a special appeal to the alumni of OU, asking them to consider making a gift to help support the students of Brown Hall. As usual, the community stepped up in a big way and donated more than $37,000 to the Brown Hall Fund.
The experience gave students a unique start to the school year and some memories they are sure never to forget.