Students from UC seek refuge in Beckley

Local - 1/14/2014 5:54 PM by Stuart Hammer

BECKLEY – University of Charleston students have been playing hooky as water service continues to be restored in Kanawha County, and UC-Beckley is helping them do it.

As UC suffers from the water contamination, students have been displaced into Raleigh Co. Students staying in the dorm rooms at UC-Beckley say they have enjoyed the extra time off, and having running water, but they are ready to get back in a normal routine.

T.J. Lucas is a political science junior at UC, and he says there was a lot of confusion when they were first ordered out of the dorms in Charleston.

“We didn't know how long we were going be here, so packing all of our clothes and bedding supplies and what not – we didn't know how much to pack. So it's been an adventure for sure.”

Resident Director Danielle Cooper says they’ve tried to keep the students busy in the down time.

“We've planned activities every day,” Cooper says, “We've gone to the mall, we've gone to New River Gorge, we went to Wal-Mart to make sure they were comfortable.”

UC was given permission to begin flushing its water lines, and that means classes will resume as soon as 8 a.m. Thursday.


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