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Tuesday, October 03, 2017 1:00 am

$300,000 bill for Ivy Tech flooding

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

The flooding that temporarily displaced Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students and staff caused $300,000 in damage, and the last of the repairs should be completed next month, a vice chancellor told trustees during a regional board meeting Monday.

Record rainfall Aug. 29 forced the community college to evacuate its North Campus and find temporary locations for some classes and offices. Flooding primarily affected the Student Life Center and the basement of Harshman Hall.

Carpets, baseboards and drywall accounted for most of the damage, said Susan Brown, vice chancellor of enrollment services.

“No equipment, thank God,” she said.

The shallow water covered a substantial area in the Student Life Center and even reached the gymnasium, which has a wooden floor. About one-eighth of the gym floor was affected, Brown said, noting the damage was $70,000. It should be repaired by early November, she said.

The gym isn't crucial to classes or student services but is used for activities and by outside groups.

Insurance will help cover the flood expenses, Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier said.

“It could have been so much worse,” she said.

In one area, she said, “it did look like we had a new water feature.”

In other news, the Fort Wayne campus continues fundraising efforts for its new baseball program, the first intercollegiate sport on any Ivy Tech campus.

The college seeks to raise $50,000 by Dec. 31; about $15,000 was raised as of last week, said Jim Papagiannis, assistant director of resource development.

Several corporate and foundation requests are pending, he said, and a crowdfunding site, https://impact.ivytech.edu, is accepting donations.

The team roster has 27 students and, as board chairman Robert Dettmer noted, they aren't all from the area. Their hometowns included Indianapolis; Lexington, Kentucky; and Richmond, Michigan.

Much of the budget is travel costs, with games primarily in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, Papagiannis said. The home field is Shoaff Park.

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