Imagine being awakened from your peaceful dreams to thedisturbing sounds of a fire alarm in the middle of the night. Howwould you feel? Ticked off? Confused? Scared? These were all of theemotions rushing through the bodies and minds of many residents ofWilliams Hall.
On Williams’ first floor was over-flowing with water due todrainage back up Friday, Sept. 10, 2004 at 12:30 a.m. Manyresidents on the first floor reported having minor damages to theirpersonal items.
Roommates Montana Rodney and Gina Smith are sophomores that wereaffected by the water damage. “All I remember is that around 12:45a.m., I was walking around the room and my feet were wet. When Ilooked down I noticed that water was coming into my room from thehallway,” said Rodney.
Smith also expressed her frustration. “I did not get any sleeplast night because of the tedious process of cleaning up water. Iwent to bed around 3 a.m. because I had to move all of my things ontop of my bed so the water wouldn’t get to it.” Smith thinks thatDillard University should compensate students for theinconvenience.
Both of the students were told to sleep in an empty room on thesecond floor of Williams for the night. Luckily for them, none oftheir personal items were damaged. Unfortunately, their neighborsMarchean Crenshaw and Joseph Goudeau suffered from the mishap. “Ourbath towels, clothes, shoes and cell phones were ruined. Theoverflow of water to our room was very inconvenient for us,” saidGoudeau.
“I did not appreciate sleeping in another room. I wanted tosleep in my own bed with my own sheets,” Crenshaw said. She andGoudeau were told to sleep in an empty room in Module B.
The incident marked the second time that the flooding happenedin one day. Dr. Freddye Hill, vice president for campus life, wasunavailable to comment about the incident.