About 250 University of South Carolina students will be displaced from the South Quad dormitory for at least a week while repairs are made to a water pipe that burst Monday night, flooding several of the dorm’s floors.
University spokesman Wes Hickman said the 250 students resided in the south side of the dormitory. Some of those students have been relocated to other on-campus housing facilities. Others are staying with friends or families off campus while the repairs are being made. Hickman did not yet have a damage estimate.
According to the university’s housing website, students were escorted back into the building by university personnel to retrieve any valuable items they may need until March 16, the Monday following spring break.
All clothing damaged by the flooding has been sent to nearby dry cleaning companies and will be made available to students Friday, the school said. The university supplied relocated students with pillows, sheets and bedspreads.
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An advisory issued by the university to students and their family members said a water pipe ruptured in the 19-year-old, 400-bed dormitory, on Sumter Street between Wheat and Blossom streets. The rupture caused extensive damage to the south side of the building and a loss of power.
Columbia Fire Department spokesman Brick Lewis said firefighters were on the scene between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Monday to assist in the evacuation and to shut off water to the building.
The flooding was caused by a ruptured coupling on the pipe that was located in a storage closet on the third floor, Lewis said. The burst pipe caused a “heavy amount of water” to flow into other parts of the building, he said.
Mindy Lucas contributed to this article.