A strong line of thunderstorms rolled through the Big Country on Saturday morning, bringing heavy rains and flooding the Don H. Morris Center.
Saturday’s rains marked the second time this semester the Don H. Morris Center has suffered damage because of rain waters. A storm in August brought mud and water into the building and caused the wall baseboards to come loose. Dr. Cheryl Bacon professor and chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, said university physical resources is trying to determine why the building has become subject to flooding during heavy rains.
“Physical Resources director Scott Colley tells me he’s called a design engineer to come down immediately,” Bacon said. “We’ve had water problems in the past, but never to this extent.”
The flooding also affected ACU’s student-run advertising and public relations agency, Morris and Mitchell. The agency was completed earlier this summer and has already been flooded twice. Elizabeth Coffee, senior advertising and public relations major from San Antonio and the agency’s group account director, said the agency suffered only minor damage.
“All the equipment and the furniture is fine, but the carpet and the wall board are messed up. But it’s not as bad as last time, ” Coffee said. ”
Chris Jeter, manager of Briercroft Restoration in Abilene, and his crews were in the building Saturday morning using vacuums to remove the water. Jeter said all damage in the building was minor and restoreable.
“Right now we’re extracting the water so we can prevent further damage,” Jeter said. “We’ll be bringing in air driers for the next 2-3 days.”