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Doney Residential Hall temporarily loses water, Eaton elevator breaks again

Updated: Feb 2, 2022

Chrissy Ewald

News Editor

*Update* The Eaton elevator is working again.

Image of Doney's flooded basement, taken by Emma Innes

Water access in Doney Hall was restored at about 9 a.m. this morning after a blockage in the main sewer line caused flooding in that building’s basement starting around 9 p.m. last night. Students reported large water patches in the carpeted hallway outside the laundry room and large puddles of standing water on the concrete floor. All residents of Doney received an email from housing at 10:47 p.m. notifying them that the flooding was due to the blockage and telling them not to use any water systems in the building until the problem was resolved. Because fixing the blockage was expected to take “the next few hours to complete,” Doney residents were given temporary access to Lausanne Hall and its facilities. Students were notified that water had been restored by email at 9:23 this morning, and thanked for their flexibility.

In other facilities news, the elevator in Eaton Hall is currently non-operational despite recent repairs. Major flooding in the Eaton basement during summer 2021 resulted in the elevator not working for several months of fall semester 2021, making the building’s upper floors non-wheelchair accessible, as well as posing difficulties for other disabilities. Some classes scheduled to meet in Eaton had to be moved to other buildings (although some classes continued in Eaton despite the accessibility issue) until the elevator was reportedly fixed over winter break.

The Collegian verified that the elevator was non-responsive. Video taken by Kathleen Forrest.

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