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MSU weather damage to residence halls assessed

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Updated: 1/08 6:56 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- It was an all-nighter for scores of MSU officials, maintenance employees and contractors late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

All buildings had to be checked for water leaks caused by the recent cold snap.

Out of more than 400 buildings, the list was narrowed.

"We knew we had three buildings, and we knew we had problems and water leaks and damage in all three of them," MSU Vice President for Student Affairs Bill Kibler said.

Those three buildings are Magnolia, Oak and Ruby halls.

The assessment revealed the origin of the water leaks was a state-of-the-art fire sprinkler system found in all those residence halls. Weather is believed to be the cause.

Oak and Magnolia halls sustained water damage. Residents should be able to move in on time.

A wing of Ruby Hall will be closed the entire semester due to extensive damage to Sheetrock, ceilings and carpet.

A former dormitory resident was shocked to hear what had happened.

"I know that if I received a call telling me that all of my material possessions or most of them had been ruined, I would panic," Mary Todd Pittman said.

While that may be the case for some students, the outlook is much brighter than previously thought. Originally, it was thought more than 400 students would be affected.

Now that number is 120.

"Those students will be made whole," Kibler added.

There will be a one-on-one assessment of each student's loss. Reassignment will follow.

Officials must find a new place for them to stay at a time when enrollment is at an all-time high.

They believe they have found the space on campus for the displaced students.

The students who are affected know who they are.

All received personal phone calls from Mississippi State.
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