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Male students forced to live in women’s housing after flood

Several male students found temporary housing in a women’s building at The Towers after a pipe burst Jan. 8 flooding about 30 apartments at Mountain Lofts.

Shadarach Geist, a Mountain Lofts resident and freshman majoring in general studies, said he woke up around 3 a.m. to a high-pitched fire alarm.

“We’re like, ‘What the heck?’ so I went out in the hallway and there was water coming from the halls and going onto the floor,” Geist said.

He said the hallways were eventually filled with about two or three inches of water.

“We woke up our other roommates, and we’re like, ‘We should probably get out of here,’” Geist said.

Geist said he and his roommates left their apartment for about 20 minutes only to return and find an inch and a half of water flowing through the apartment.

The aftermath of a Mountain Lofts apartment.

“There was water coming down from the ceiling, the fixtures, the outlets, the light switches and just anywhere it could come out,” Geist said. “We all just huddled in one room that was dry and slept there.”

Geist said the Mountain Lofts management told him a water pipe busted in the attic and seeped down the walls of all four floors.

Jaron Hunt, a Mountain Lofts resident and sophomore studying electrical engineering, said the complex management initially put those effected by the flood into empty apartments at the women’s building of Mountain Lofts before sending them to the Towers.

“They told us we were going to live at the girl’s Mountain Lofts that night,” Hunt said. “Then the next day they told us we were going to stay one more night, and they did that for a week.”

Hunt said the Housing and Student Living Office moved the residents after about a week into The Towers.

He said Mountain Lofts plans to give a $100 gift card to each resident affected by the flood.

Wyatt McAlister, Geist’s roommate and a freshman majoring in general studies, said his personal laptop and printer were destroyed by the water damage.

“My laptop was sitting on the desk, and right above it was a smoke detector,” McAlister said. “There was literally a waterfall coming from the roof directly onto my laptop.”

Mountain Lofts had no comment on the flooding.

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