EKU science building closed due to flooding

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Flooding has shut down a building on the Eastern Kentucky University campus due to the arctic blast.

The Moore Building is closed until Monday. Officials say a heating malfunction led to flooding on the first three floors of the four-story building. Electricity to the building has been cut off as a safety measure. The flooding has nothing to do with the water system and no pipes burst.

Officials with EKU tell us the cleanup is already halfway done after having contractors work throughout the night. And the extent of the damage is not known at this time. But university officials say flood water mainly damaged ceiling tiles and not lab equipment in this science building full of classrooms.

"Professors have been working with our students today to arrange for other locations on campus to be able to hold class, so we're in the process of getting this all put back together," said Marc Whitt, the EKU spokesperson.

Officials at the university want faculty to know that they may access the building until noon on Thursday to check their offices and labs. They are also advising students who have classes in the Moore Building to frequently check their BlackBoard and EKU email for updates from their professors and the university.

There is no word as of yet about the amount of damage inside the building or how much it will cost to repair it.

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