After flooding in dorms, UC San Diego prepares for more storms over Thanksgiving

12 to 15 dorms flooded last week
Posted at 4:52 PM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 21:10:23-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Maintenance crews were hard at work at UC San Diego Tuesday fortifying campus buildings ahead of the rainstorms expected this week, all while several dorms continued to dry out from the last one.

Workers shored up roofs and deployed straw wattles and 200 sandbags near the Marshall Lower Apartments. The university said 12 to 15 dorms flooded last week during torrential rain.

UC San Diego said drains near the apartment complex were overwhelmed by the water and debris.

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“We conducted additional drain and area inspections of the Lower apartments in advance of the rain,” the university said in a message to residents. “[Housing, Dining and Hospitality] maintenance staff will be on standby to ensure that everything holds and storm drains remain clear.”

The National Weather Service said a flash flood warning will be in effect Wednesday morning through Thursday evening in coastal areas and the inland valleys.

The bulk of the rain is expected to hit Wednesday evening through Thursday morning. Rainfall totals through Friday could reach 1.5 to 2 inches in coastal areas and up to 3 inches in the San Diego County mountains, NWS meteorologist Miguel Miller said.

UC San Diego maintenance crews were still trying to dry out some of the dorms that flooded with fans Tuesday, meaning some students have to contend with the hum of dehumidifiers while studying for midterms.

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“The dehumidifiers were kind of loud, but it was a constant sound so I got used to it,” said one student.

Another student, Jason Rose, said not only did his apartment building flood, his car did too. The vehicle was parked in the Hopkins Parking Structure.

“I was studying all night for a week, so I didn’t go to my car until four days after. When I opened my car door, it smelled terrible and when I looked inside it was just full of water,” he said.

“It’s totalled probably,” he added.

Rose said the university did offer to help with his insurance claim.

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Students said maintenance crews have been quick to respond to issues, but with this week’s storms will be a test.

“I’m pretty concerned,” said one student. “Especially because it seems like there’s not any long term changes right now. I know that takes longer to do, but I don’t think 10 sandbags are going to save all of our apartments.”