Samford’s Residence Halls are no strangers to Birmingham’s frequent downpours. Homewood in particular embodies the phrase, “when it rains, it pours.” According to WBHM, Birmingham has received over 30 flash flood warnings since May of this year, and those numbers have continued to rise in Homewood throughout the fall semester.
The aftermath of these flash floods can often last for days following. These heavy rains have not only caused flooding around Samford’s campus, but also make Lakeshore a dangerous route for commuters, faculty and staff. Many students have had to decide between attending class or waiting for the water to subside to drive safely.
“Vail building bathrooms were flooding really badly and also in some rooms on the second and third floor, the showers were flooding over,” Angie Marteniuc, Resident Assistant for Pittman Hall, said.
In earlier October, many common spaces in residence halls were reported to have seen some flooding damage, such as the first floor of Vail Hall, several fraternity houses and rooms in Beeson Woods dorms. Facilities Management have been quick to respond to all of the students’ needs.
“Facilities on-call responded to each (request) that night,” Lance Hand, Assistant Director for Residential and University Services said, ensuring the students’ safety within the Residence Halls.
Facilities Management encourages students to call in any requests they have and take Flash Flood Warnings and other weather-related warnings seriously. Whether it is a notification from their phone or an email from the university, students are strongly encouraged to listen to any and all warnings.
If you have experienced flooding or other weather related damages in your residence halls, reach out to facilities management here: https://www.samford.edu/departments/facilities-management/