Grubbs Hall takes on water after storm

  Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:00 AM

Pittsburg, KS

Grubbs Hall

The campus as a whole was unscathed during the severe storms and high winds that came through Pittsburg late Monday afternoon just as a tornado touched down south of town, but the roof of Grubbs Hall did sustain damage and the building is taking on stormwater as rains continue. 

No injuries were reported. 

Grubbs is the home base of the Department of English & Modern Languages, the Department of Communications, and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. 

By early Tuesday morning, custodial crew members and faculty in those departments were working to remove supplies, furniture, and electronics from faculty offices and classrooms, and to mop floors, in order to minimize impact. 

Trashcans have been placed throughout the building to collect drips, particularly on the fourth floor. 

Administrators are assessing damage and department chairs are attempting to reach faculty, who are on summer break, to give them an opportunity to make decisions as to where their belongings are moved and to oversee the process, if desired. 

Grubbs Hall roof

Grubbs Hall roof wide

Physical Plant Director Tim Senecaut also reported minor damage at the Garfield Weede Building, Carnie Smith Stadium, and Kansas Technology Center, including vent covers that were blown off but are easily replaced or temporarily patched, he said. 

He also reported a few trees being uprooted on the east side of campus. At the University Lake, one such tree uprooted a portion of the sidewalk leading to the bridge, making the bridge inaccessible. 

KRPS 89.9 FM Director Tim Metcalf reported a satellite dish was blown off of the roof of Shirk Hall. 

Bridge at lake

Elsewhere in Pittsburg, damage reported includes damage to outbuildings and secondary structures, shingles blown off of houses, wind damage, large trees down, and downed power lines, according to City of Pittsburg Public Information Officer Sarah Runyon. The Langdon Lane area and rural areas southeast of Via Christi Hospital were hardest hit.  

Westar Energy is responding to downed power lines and addressing power outages, and Pittsburg Community Schools cancelled school for Tuesday. 

Flooding on roadways and some neighborhoods continues. Up to one inch of rain is expected Tuesday, with a 50 percent chance of rain later in the week, according to the National Weather Service.