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KU News Release

March 13, 2006
Contact: Todd Cohen , University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

KU continues storm recovery, classes to resume Tuesday; 1 building remains closed

Chancellor Robert Hemenway and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius address media after touring campus and Lawrence by helicopter. State Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, also rode on the tour.

LAWRENCE – Classes will be held as scheduled Tuesday, March 14, on the University of Kansas Lawrence campus though one building will remained closed and access will be restricted to three others due to damage from Sunday’s wind storm.

Classes were canceled and the Lawrence campus closed to vehicular traffic today as the campus continued to recover from the storm, which officials initially estimated inflicted $6 million in damages to the campus. However, a thorough canvassing of all campus buildings is still under way. Damaged roofs, broken windows and downed trees constitute the bulk of the damage.

“The dedication of of our Facilities Operations staff has been impressive. They have worked nonstop since Sunday and done an extraordinary job to get this campus back up and operating,” said Chancellor Robert Hemenway, who took a helicopter tour over the campus today with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

Continued efforts to clean up roof debris will affect access to several buildings Tuesday. They are:

  • Historic Danforth Chapel, a popular venue for weddings, will remain closed until further notice, due to extensive roof damage. Individuals with questions about events at Danforth should call (785) 864-4861.
  • Robinson Center’s basketball and recreational courts on the building’s west side will not be open, due to roof damage. Other areas of the building will be open. Students who will be affected will be contacted by email by their instructor or the Office of the University Registrar.
  • Snow Hall, a classroom and research building, will be open though access will be restricted to an entrance off Poplar Lane.
  • Fraser Hall’s east entrance will be closed as a precaution due to gutters that are filled with debris.

All university employees should report to work Tuesday. KU on Wheels, the Lawrence campus bus service, will run its normal hours beginning Tuesday.

University employees are asked to report any building damage to (785) 864-4770.

The KU inclement weather phone line is (785) 864-SNOW.


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