Water line damage causes flooding in Northern Neck

Flooding began Friday night; residents relocated to other dorms

On Tuesday, repairs were made to the fifth floor of Northern Neck. On Friday night, a water line burst on this floor causing flooding throughout the building. (Photos by Alya Nowilaty/Fourth Estate)

On Tuesday, repairs were made to piping on the fifth floor of Northern Neck. The previous Friday, a water line burst on this floor causing flooding throughout the building. (Photos by Alya Nowilaty/Fourth Estate)

On the night of March 18, water flooded Northern Neck residence hall. Zachary Pope, director of University Life Safety and Emergency Management, said via email this was due to “a coupling failure on a chilled water line on the fifth floor.” Housing and Residence Life are currently working to repair the damages and have moved some Northern Neck residents to unoccupied dorms in other residence halls until their dorms are fully repaired.

The flooding, which started on the fifth floor, became less severe as it descended to each subsequent floor. However, each floor was at least partially covered in standing water. By 8:30 p.m., most residents had exited the building, with only resident advisors left to patrol the halls and write reports of damages and flooding.

Julia Moskel, a junior who lives on the third floor of Northern Neck, was not evacuated from her dorm, but she said all of her friends who had been evacuated were staying with friends in other buildings.

Currently, Fourth Estate cannot confirm whether or not the university will compensate students for damaged property.

A view from inside a third-floor Northern Neck dorm on Tuesday.

A view from inside a third-floor Northern Neck dorm on Tuesday.

“This situation serves as a good reminder for residents to have renter’s insurance to cover their personal belongings in these types of situations,” Pope said.

Sophomore Dane Anderson, who lives on the first floor, also stayed in his dorm Friday night, but was unhappy with the way the school handled the situation.

“They [maintenance] came in at 8 [p.m.] to do repairs, and when we got back from the library a few hours later, they had totally trashed our room,” Anderson said. “It seemed like they had fixed everything, but they also moved all of our stuff.”

Resident advisors on the scene Friday night declined to comment on the situation.

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