UT, Walters State dealing with weather-related problems

A couple of East Tennessee college campuses have been dealing with weather-related issues as classes resume.

On the UT campus, crews have worked since Sunday to fix plumbing and heating problems in seven academic buildings.

Students returned to class on Wednesday. UT says the issues haven't required any classroom re-assignments and the buildings are still open.

Sporadic problems also surfaced in several residence halls, but no students had to relocate. Students in two fraternity houses did have to move to temporary rooms due to electrical issues.

The weather also impacted campus sports facilities. Pipes burst at Regal Soccer Stadium, Neyland Stadium, and Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. UT says none of the damage was serious.

Walters State Community College's Sevier County campus is also cleaning up following our freezing temperatures.

On Tuesday, a main sprinkler pipe froze and ruptured on the second floor of Cates-Cutschaw Hall. While the school has started cleaning up, it's still assessing the extent of the damage. They are taking out base boards to remove carpeting from all the floors, the classrooms, and the offices because it will have to be replaced.

"We're checking all of the computers and other electronic devices to make sure they're safe for usage for our students, faculty and staff," said Director of Education Services Ronnie Taylor.

The college hopes to have six or seven classrooms in the building ready for the first day of the spring semester on January 16th.
Some classes will be relocated to other buildings.


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