KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Pipe Bursts, Displaces USD Students From Dorm



Bookmark and Share

For the second night in a row, nearly 500 University of South Dakota students are unable to stay in their dorms. Monday night, a pipe in USD’s newest resident hall burst, flooding part of the building’s 1st floor.

Monday night around 9:45 students who call Coyote Resident Hall on the USD campus home, got quite the scare. Fire alarms in the building went off and all 494 students were evacuated from the building.

"CA's came around knocking on doors and saying we need to get out,” said Miranda Vlach, a sophomore at USD.

The 175-unit complex off of Rose Street on the University of South Dakota’s campus in Vermillion sits dark and a little damp after an inch of water covered parts of its 1st floor.

“It was completely flooded last night people were sloshing around in it,” said Vlach.

Just before ten Monday night, residents of Coyote Village, like Vlach, got quite the scare.
 
"The fire alarms went off, so we all evacuated, they were sounding a little funny and we weren't sure what was going on,” Vlach said.

School officials said the freezing temperatures Monday night may have frozen a pipe in the northern part of the building, causing it to burst.

"Where the pipe broke, was right over the electrical room, where there are a lot of your normal electrical connections, circuit breakers, those kinds of things. And they got pretty wet,” said Tena Haraldson, with USD.

Haraldson said the damage wasn’t wide spread.
 
“There were only three (dorm) rooms, that were occupied and the staff went in there and lifted the belongings on the bed so they didn’t get wet,” said Haraldson.

But where the water did go, caused both water and electricity in the entire building to be turned off. And crews were forced to wait until they could get parts to fix what was damaged. Until then, nearly 500 students will have to spend another night at either a hotel, or a friend’s house.

" There will be staff members that will go out to all of motels to help them get checked in and make sure they are all taken care off,” said Haraldson.

Despite being displaces for a couple of nights, Vlach said, this all makes for an interesting start to the spring semester.

School officials said crews will be working to fix the damage all Tuesday night. They said they hope to let students back into the dorm on Wednesday.

They also want to remind students that they still need to attended class, and there will be shuttles until 11 p.m. to get them to hotels.

< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

Light Display Honors Deceased Husband  story with video

Decorating a home for the holidays has taken on a whole new meaning for a 75-year-old ...

SD Trying To Lure Lawyers Into Rural Practice

Federal grant money has long been available for doctors, nurses and ...

Shopping Rush May Continue Till Christmas Eve

The final weekend before Christmas is coming to a close, but the rush ...

Local Christmas Tree Farm Closed For Season  Dec. 21

Angel Tree Shines Light On Sioux Falls Agency  story with video  Dec. 21

Florida Police Officer Fatally Shot  Dec. 21

Firefighters To Give Toys To Hospitalized Children  Dec. 21

Woman Sentenced For Using Personal Data  Dec. 21

Freeman Nonprofit Explores $15M Arts Center  Dec. 21

USDA: SD Nov. Milk Production Increases  Dec. 21

SD Historical Society To Host NASA Webcast  Dec. 21

Officer Fatally Shoots Man In Rapid City  Dec. 21

MOA Officials 'Disappointed' With Protestors  Dec. 20

Reactions To Sony Cancelling, "The Interview"  story with video  Dec. 20

Last-Minute Holiday Shopping At Pop-Up Store  story with video  Dec. 20

Great Bear Reopens After Five-Day Shutdown  Dec. 20

Christmas Comes Early For Commuters  Dec. 20

2 NYC Cops Fatally Shot Inside Patrol Car  Dec. 20

4 Guns Confiscated At IA Airport This Year  Dec. 20

IA Flu Hospitalization Doubles In Recent Weeks  Dec. 20

KDLT News Archive
     

Local Christmas Tree Farm Closed For Season

If you still don't have a Christmas tree, you might ...

Florida Police Officer Fatally Shot

Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and ...

Light Display Honors Deceased Husband  story with video

Decorating a home for the holidays has taken on a whole ...

Woman Sentenced For Using Personal Data  Dec. 21

Shopping Rush May Continue Till Christmas Eve  Dec. 21

Officer Fatally Shoots Man In Rapid City  Dec. 21

Angel Tree Shines Light On Sioux Falls Agency  story with video  Dec. 21

Firefighters To Give Toys To Hospitalized Children  Dec. 21

KDLT News Archive
     

Heat Recall Skyforce Andre Dawkins  story with video

MIAMI, FL – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have recalled guard ...

Big Turnout For Snowfox Candy Cane Classic  story with video

SIOUX FALLS, S. D.   --  The three day Snowfox Candy Cane Classic swim ...

Comeback Coyotes Win At Montana  story with video

MISSOULA, Mont. —Tyler Larson scored six of his team-high 15 points in ...

USD Tops North Dakota For 7th Straight Win  story with video  Dec. 21

Jacks Work Overtime For Dramatic Win At Utah State  story with video  Dec. 21

Jacks Down Utah State To Win World Vision Classic  story with video  Dec. 21

PENTAGON CLASSIC: O'Gorman Tops Western Christian, Washington Falls  story with video  Dec. 20

O'Gorman Boys Bounce Back Against Watertown  story with video  Dec. 20

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top