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Hundreds of students evacuated from dorm after water pipe breaks

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

EKU officials say they are making progress toward getting hundreds of students back into their dorm after a water pipe broke and displaced them.

Water service has been restored, and crews are working to replace the damaged transformer.

Officials evacuated more than 400 students from McGregor Hall on the Eastern Kentucky University campus around 12:30 Tuesday morning.

EKU officials say a water pipe ruptured in the TV lounge of McGregor Hall, which damaged a high voltage transformer.

That knocked out power to the entire building.

EKU officials escorted students back into their dorms for a short time this morning to grab some belongings.

The university is working to find those students another place to stay for the time being, in case they're not able to return to the dorm Tuesday.

A contingency plan includes relocating students to off-campus housing or motel rooms. If all goes as planned, EKU officials are hopeful students will be allowed back to their dorms by 8:00 Tuesday evening.

For the latest information on McGregor Hall, click on the link attached to this story. EKU officials say they'll provide hourly updates there this afternoon.


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