Archive: Hurricane Matthew Update #8

Saturday, October 8, at 12:00 p.m.

Update at 2:30 p.m.: Water has been restored to campus.

Changes since the last update

We are no longer under any watches or warnings. Throughout the day, we will see winds decrease. The St. Johns River is very full, and, based on tidal activity, some areas of campus may continue to see flooding throughout the next week.

On campus

We are happy to report that we have come through Hurricane Matthew, and Jacksonville University has weathered the storm remarkably well.

Our Oak and Botts Halls, where students and essential support staff waited out the storm, never lost power, and all meals were served throughout the entire event without interruption.

There is a current water outage across campus affecting our sewage lift station as a result of a city power outage in the area, as well as from a tree hitting one of our backup generators. Jacksonville Electric Authority is working with JU now to resolve their and our situation as soon as possible.

In the meantime, until it is resolved, this outage will cause some inconvenience to our students this morning. Drinking water is not affected; we have plenty on hand for everyone on site. In addition, meals will continue to be served at Oak Hall until further notice.

We have inspected North Hall and the Village Apartments. There is no damage, but they remain without power and water. Students will be permitted to return to North and the apartments with that understanding. They will return to Oak for meals until further notice.

Students are prohibited, however, from crossing through central campus to get to North Hall and the Village Apartments due to the danger from falling limbs and trees. To travel across campus, please take River Road or University Oaks Drive (the road that passes in front of Gooding and Howard) to the traffic circle on Alumni Drive.

We do have some trees and limbs down across campus, but no major building damage. In addition, no injuries have been reported. Cleanup will begin at 6 a.m. Sunday.

Thank you all for your patience and support, and thanks as well to our wonderful Student Life, Dining Services and Campus Security staff for their outstanding work keeping our students safe, fed (and entertained) during the storm.

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