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Flooding parking lot leaves mess for EKU students

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - There was a lot heavy rainfall in Richmond. Some estimates show the storm that passed overhead on Wednesday night was capable of dropping one-and-a-half to two inches of rain per hour. At Eastern Kentucky University, you don't have look too far to see the signs, especially not in the Madison parking lot.

At the far end of the lot, mud is left behind after the heavy rain washed a lot of dirt down from a construction project up the hill. This morning, students are coming to their cars to find water damage. EKU's Vice President for Administration, James Street, said the flooding happened after the drain was covered by construction materials.

The school estimates 30 cars were parked in standing water, with close to a dozen cars having some water damage, and at least two or three cars with enough damage they fear the cars could be totaled.

Some cars still had dried dirt and grass from the high water mark several feet up their vehicles. One student said she didn't even know about the damage to her car until her mom called after seeing a photo on Facebook.

"I got the worst of it," said freshman Kelsey Blevins, "yesterday when I found this parking spot, I was like, 'oh, this is such a good parking spot!' And now I get flooded."

Blevins says her cars floor and seats are wet, along with the gears in her seat, and her speakers are ruined.

Another student with a flooded car, Samantha Parrigan, said, "Literally, I just bought it (her car) before I came down here. So, I'm really mad. I am so mad, I couldn't even sleep last night."

Parrigan said her car still starts but everything inside is soaked.

EKU did place notices on the cars in the lot that tell the students to contact them if they believe their car has any flood damage. The students are asked to get a police report from the campus police, and then take it to the University Counsel to start the process of making an insurance claim with the contractor's insurance.

EKU assures that this problem will not lead to any more flooding.

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