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String of floods at King's attributed to vandalism

Signs placed across campus in response to the floods.
Signs placed across campus in response to the floods.

The King’s Library has flooded for the second time in one week.
The bottom floor of the library, which flooded on Oct. 21, flooded again on Oct. 26. The lower floor of the New Academic Building was also flooded on Oct. 21.
The cause of all three floods is being attributed to vandalism. The toilets in both areas were filled with paper towel, causing back up and flooding the floors with sewer water.
The lower floor of the library is currently sealed off for repairs and decontamination. Most of the floor was affected, although the archives were not damaged.
The NAB flooding wasn’t as serious as the library flooding, as facilities caught it before it could cause extensive damage.
Repairs will cost between $30,000 to $40,000. Alex Doyle, director of facilities, says this will impact the King’s budget.
“It’s [money] we don’t have,” he said. “My budget has been cut back to basically nothing.
“I have enough funding to do basic operations and that’s it.”
Because there are no security cameras in the library, there is no footage of the alleged vandals. Security will now patrol the library for additional surveillance.
“We can’t monitor the bathrooms all the time,” said Doyle. “If someone wants to do damage, they’re going to do it.”

By David J. Shuman

David is a second-year journalism student at King's, is engagement/news editor of The Watch, and a copy editor of The Pigeon. He writes on student politics, campus happenings, and school news. 

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